City Centre Avenues
THE AVENUES CONCEPT
As part of the Glasgow City Region City Deal funding, Glasgow City Council is investing approximately £115 million within the city centre to deliver on the Enabling Infrastructure – Integrated Public Realm (EIIPR) programme. More commonly known as the Avenues programme, this will introduce streetscape improvements to the public realm, thereby supporting a key strategic objective of the City Centre Strategy and Action Plan 2014-19; the establishment of principal Avenues throughout the city centre to form an integrated network of continuous pedestrian and cycle priority routes. The Avenues will be used as a binding mechanism to integrate public realm and placemaking initiatives, making the city more attractive, “people-friendly”, and economically competitive.
Pilot improvements will initially be undertaken on Sauchiehall Street between Charing Cross and Rose Street and will act as a proof of concept or demonstrator for the overall plan. These improvements will include:
- Free Wi-Fi and intelligent street lighting
- Improved lighting features
- Avenue of trees
- Segregated cycle lanes
- Increased pedestrian / cycle space
- Continuous footways
- Reduced street clutter
Works are due to commence in Sauchiehall Street in June 2017 and are anticipated to last approximately 1 year. Further Avenue locations will be progressed in phases over the next 8 years.