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Footway Widening to Create Extra Pedestrian Space Around Major Transport Hub

Work will take place this weekend to install temporary travel infrastructure on roads around Glasgow Central Station, as part of the council's Spaces for People programme which is providing extra space for physical distancing to protect public health and suppress a second wave of COVID-19.

Gordon Street and Argyle Street

From Sunday 21 June 2020:

  • Gordon Street will become one-way (eastbound) to permitted traffic between Hope Street and Union Street. This will mean 'no right turn' from Renfield Street.
  • Argyle Street will become one-way (eastbound) to permitted traffic between Hope Street and Union Street. This will mean 'no right turn' from Union Street.
  • These temporary adaptions are to allow the widening of existing footways to enable physical distancing around Glasgow Central Station High Level and Low Level entrances.

    Westbound cycle access will be maintained.

    Spaces for People

    Supported by £3.5m funding from the Scottish Government and administered by Sustrans Scotland , Spaces for People will see temporary infrastructure measures introduced across Glasgow to provide extra space for people to walk, wheel or cycle as COVID-19 restrictions remain in place.

    Short-term measures across our city centres and neighbourhoods will see footways widened at pinch points to ease pedestrian movement and make it easier to access businesses, community facilities and public transport hubs. Consideration will also be given to the positioning of temporary strategic cycling routes to highlight cycling as an attractive, viable and long term commuting choice.

    City Centre

    The city centre Spaces for People plan will see the proposed pedestrianisation of George Square brought forward, but will also draw in major city centre streets such as St Vincent St, Argyle St, Queen St, Hope St, Renfield St and Bath St along with many others.

    Get Involved

    If you have suggestions for public spaces in Glasgow where it is difficult to maintain physical distancing whilst out walking, cycling and wheeling, please share these on our Commonplace Mapping Tool . In collaboration with Sustrans Scotland, this interactive platform enables users to highlight areas across the city centre and neighbourhoods, where emergency temporary measures such as pavement widening and new cycle lanes could be introduced to help people maintain physical distancing and suppress a resurgence of the virus.

    The temporary works on Gordon Street and Argyle Street, will be in place from Sunday 21 June 2020, for a minimum period of 3 months, and reviewed in line with the Scottish Government's COVID-19: Framework for Decision Making - Scotland's Route Map through and out of the crisis .

    Posted on 19th June 2020

    by Project Team