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Glasgow City Council push £9m Byres Road public realm enhancement

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January 25 2017

Glasgow City Council push £9m Byres Road public realm enhancement
Glasgow City Council has outlined a £9m bid to overhaul the public realm along Byres Road in the heart of the city’s west end to enhance the famous thoroughfare as a destination for shops, bars, cafes and restaurants.

A public consultation has identified the need for a full redesign of the street with improved surfaces, reduced clutter and new seating to create a more pleasant environment for pedestrians and cyclists while improving access to the University of Glasgow.

Construction work is expected to get underway toward the end of 2018 on the project which would fashion a number of new civic spaces along the route on underutilized land such as Ashton Road car park, the Church Street triangle and important junctions at Chancellor and Great George Street.

Councillor Frank McAveety, leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “Byres Road is a jewel in the crown of Glasgow’s economic and social life, attracting visitors from Glasgow and beyond to its attractions during the day and at night.  This consultation process will help to ensure that it remains in this position by informing how best to shape the Byres Road that everyone with an interest in the area wants, and I would urge all stakeholders to participate.”

Local architects Benton Scott-Simons are leading the design team and will undertake a series of community consultations from 23 February at Hillhead Library.

10 Comments

FHM
#1 Posted by FHM on 25 Jan 2017 at 10:00 AM
Can't wait to see the parklets.
EMO
#2 Posted by EMO on 25 Jan 2017 at 10:04 AM
Can we have the same for Finnieston please, gorgeous looking shops and bars, but the streets and general environment are a mess!
Alf
#3 Posted by Alf on 25 Jan 2017 at 10:08 AM
How would they propose to deal with the diversion of the often heavy traffic that 'flows' through Byres Road?
Tamany Hall
#4 Posted by Tamany Hall on 25 Jan 2017 at 10:16 AM
Byres Road? That wonderful artistic and intellectual hub, where all the artisans are?

They sure need their environment upgrading after all those decades of gross neglect.

Right.
cockythecrow
#5 Posted by cockythecrow on 25 Jan 2017 at 11:25 AM
£9m well spent, great work.
Yaldy
#6 Posted by Yaldy on 25 Jan 2017 at 12:09 PM
I'm with Tamany, is this a joke?
Graeme McCormick
#7 Posted by Graeme McCormick on 25 Jan 2017 at 13:37 PM
At last; would help if owners of upper floor properties would clean their windows, clean their gutters and spruce up the paint work. We live in a city of middens.
David
#8 Posted by David on 25 Jan 2017 at 16:31 PM
Great to see. I can't help thinking though that with the high levels of footfall the traffic issues need to be somehow resolved.

Finnieston is as as you say EMO also in dire need of significant improvements.
lm
#9 Posted by lm on 25 Jan 2017 at 17:13 PM
Would be nice to remove traffic from Byres Road.... close it completely for pedestrian
monkey9000
#10 Posted by monkey9000 on 26 Jan 2017 at 10:43 AM
The first step would be to democratise the street, remove car parking! Any reduction of on-street car parking would make a massive difference to traffic flows - providing more room for all vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians and trees. The on-street car-parking is wildly inefficient with an extremely low proportion of vehicles actually being able to get a space.

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