ACTIVE Travel Boost For Possilpark, Blackhill And Riddrie

20 April, 2023 | Active Travel

AROUND £800,000 has been awarded for active travel projects in north and north east Glasgow.

The money is coming from the Sustrans Places for Everyone grant fund.

About £430,000 will be spent on Saracen Street, Possilpark, to transform the streetscape as part of community-led regeneration.

The project aims to deliver new public realm, high quality cycle infrastructure, drainage improvements, new lighting, pedestrian crossings, and improved access to bus stops.

A report updating Glasgow councillors states: “This will be an exemplar project for the planned City Network, improving the connection of Possilpark to areas of social and economic opportunity, including to the City Centre and West End.”

Meanwhile, the Dummy Railway project has attracted about £230,000 for improvements to a poor quality path with signs of antisocial behaviour that was part of the former railway that connected Ruchill and Stobhill Hospital.

It is situated north of Hamiltonhill connecting Panmure Street to Bilsland Drive and on to Balmore Road.

Dummy Railway proposal

The report states: “The local community have identified this as a key active travel route linking to the Possilpark/Parkhouse Station.

“This key route will also open access to the new developments of Hamiltonhill (656 homes) and Ruchill hospital site (400) homes allowing this key connection to the rail and bus routes without having to take a detour.

“The project aims to create a wider footpath with improved sightlines, open the access at the north by removing a wall and a step-free access, connect into the new development sites providing east and west access, enhance public realm yet retain biodiversity, and create places for play yet dissuade antisocial behaviour.”

In north east Glasgow, around £130,000 is going towards developing the Flourishing Molendinar project which was originally developed by the St Paul’s Youth Forum Community group and has been driven by the desire from the local community to place a higher focus on active travel, place making and pedestrian safety.

Royston Road at Langdale Street

The project includes:

  • Langdale Street – public realm and place making.
  • Provanmill Road – active travel and pedestrian crossing improvements
  • Royston Road – active travel and pedestrian crossing improvements
  • Cumbernauld Road – active travel and pedestrian crossing improvements
  • St Pauls Youth Forum – funding for public engagement and behaviour change activities.

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