As part of the Glasgow City Region City Deal funding, approximately £115 million is being invested in Glasgow city centre to deliver the “Avenues” programme, which will result in a transformation of the city centre’s streetscape and public realm – making it more “people-friendly”, more attractive, greener, more sustainable and more economically competitive.
Glasgow City Council has also secured an additional £21 million from Sustrans that will enable the delivery of an additional four Avenue projects. These projects will allow the Council to deliver on a key recommendation made as part of the recent Connectivity Commission: The acceleration and expansion of the Avenues programme into other areas of the city.
The project will deliver a key strategic objective of the City Centre Strategy and Action Plan 2014-19: an integrated network of continuous pedestrian and cycle routes across the city centre.
Design and construction work is being phased over the period 2018 to 2028. Construction work began with the Sauchiehall Street “pilot” Avenue in 2018 and was completed in 2019.
The EIIPR programme is essentially a quality place-making scheme that will transform 21 key streets and adjacent areas (or “Avenues”) in Glasgow city centre, through the introduction of an improved external environment that will rebalance traffic modes, introduce green and SMART infrastructure, and place “people” firmly at the heart of the project vision and design strategy.
The ambitious project aims to transform the face of the city for all those who live, work and visit. It will see key Glasgow city-centre streets redesigned to protect and prioritise space for cyclists and pedestrians, improve connectivity, introduce sustainable green infrastructure through attractive streetscapes and enhancing biodiversity and improve the way public transport is accommodated.
The improvements include:
- Increased pedestrian / cycle space
- Continuous footways
- Segregated cycle lanes
- Green/Blue Infrastructure
- Reduced street clutter
- Intelligent Street Lighting (ISL) and improved lighting features
The current projects are listed below:
- The Underline (Cambridge Street and New City Road)
- Argyle St West (M8 – Hope St)
- Sauchiehall St Precinct
- Argyle Street East
- St Enoch’s Square & Dixon Street
- North Hanover Street & Kyle Street
- Cathedral Street & Bath Street
- Holland Street & Pitt Street
- Elmbank St & Elmbank Crescent
- Glassford Street & Stockwell Street
- Broomielaw & Clyde St
- George Square
- Dundas Street & Dundas Lane
- John Street
- St Vincent Street & Place
- Hanover Street & Miller Street
- George St
- IFSD West
- Hope St & Oswald St
- Cowcaddens Road
- Duke St & John Knox St
- Dobbie’s Loan
- South Portland St