GLASGOW City Council will have almost £13million from external sources to invest in sustainable transport projects over the next year.
The money includes £6.6million distributed via active travel organisation Sustrans; £1,510,000 from Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT), plus allocations from two Scottish Government funds — Cycling, Walking and Safer Routes (£4million) and Paths for All: Smarter Choices, Smarter Places (£553,000).
A report updating councillors explains that the funding will deliver a range of projects, including:
• Work to make the city’s Spaces for People infrastructure permanent
• Progression of the Battlefield Street Design project (now known as Connecting Battlefield).
The report continues: “These projects will rebalance our streets to enable increased opportunities for walking, wheeling and cycling whilst also encouraging, motivating and supporting change through:
• Increasing the provision of safe walking and cycle routes;
• Delivering area-wide improvements in some parts of the City;
• Improving permeability to encourage active travel;
• Providing widened and improvement of footways;
• Creating high quality public spaces;
• Ensure support to communities and key partners to enable behaviour change.”
Funding secured via SPT will be used on a variety of projects to enhance bus infrastructure including improvement works on Renfield Street and the development of design options for Hope Street.