Traffic relegation paves the way for Glasgow Avenues extension
November 26 2019
Glasgow City Council has launched proposals for a further extension of the city Avenues project as part of a decade-long overhaul of the city centre.
The draft Central District Regeneration Framework sets out a vision to pedestrianise Bothwell Street and West George Street by 2030 as part of efforts to reduce the volume of cars and increase greenery.
These goals could be met through a radical reappraisal of feeder road networks centred on the demotion of the M8 to an inner-city relief road, closing off the city centre to through traffic. Instead, motorists would be funnelled into multi-storey car parks at the end of Sauchiehall Street and at a redeveloped Blythswood Court, with only pedestrians, public transport and cyclists permitted within the urban core.
Outlining how this might work the report states: “The upgraded M74-M73 is the ideal loop around the city centre to replace the M8 as a national thoroughfare. The M8 can be downgraded to become part of a local city centre ring that accommodates displaced through-traffic from the city centre.”
Removal of passenger vehicles would allow footpaths to be widened, enable new tree planting and permit all-weather canopies to be erected.
A 10-week consultation on the proposals, drawn up by lead designer MVRDV alongside local consultant Austin-Smith:Lord. is set to get underway from 6 December.
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