Changes to £9m Byres Road project after con­cerns raised

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GLAS­GOW coun­cil­lors have agreed changes to a £9mil­lion project planned for Byres Road.

Con­cerns had been raised about the qual­ity of pro­posed cycling in­fra­struc­ture in the ini­tial plan, put for­ward last year.

Now, the scheme has been re­vised to in­clude seg­re­gated cy­cle routes along the full length of the busy West End road.

The de­signs re­tain many of the fea­tures from the orig­i­nal scheme in­clud­ing in­tro­duc­ing a 20mph speed limit, up­grad­ing foot­ways and adding seating ar­eas.

Con­di­tions should also be im­proved for cy­clists, with pro­tected cy­cle lanes, bus stop by­passes, and phys­i­cal seg­re­ga­tion at the Hill­head Sub­way taxi rank. Orig­i­nal de­signs pro­posed a re­duc­tion in on-street park­ing from 117 to 49 spa­ces, which has been re­duced to 42.

Additional con­sid­er­a­tion will now be given to options for in­creas­ing park­ing space within the wider area.

Carol Con­nolly, head of City Deal at Glas­gow City Coun­cil, said: “The new public realm at Byres Road will im­prove the ex­pe­ri­ence of the area for all those who live there or use it for shopping, study­ing, or going out to eat and drink.

“Byres Road is one of the most pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tions in the city for both Glaswe­gians and our vis­i­tors.”

Work is ex­pected to be­gin in sum­mer 2020, and finish in spring 2022.

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