Active travel route in Glasgow’s Southside wins funding

12 August 2016

Sustrans press release

12 August 2016

For more information contact: Sustrans’ Press Office on 0207 7807 231 or e-mail: [email protected]

Plans for Scotland’s most ambitious street improvement project, ‘The South City Way’, have won the Community Links PLUS (CLP), a ‘streetscape’ design competition hosted by Sustrans Scotland and the Scottish Government.

The new street redesign project, which has been awarded £3,250,000 in funding from Sustrans and the Scottish Government which Glasgow City Council will match with a further £3,250,000. The route, set to become an exemplar in designing streets for people, will stretch from Glasgow’s South Side all the way into the heart of the city, going from Victoria Road to Stockwell Street junction near Merchant city.

In total, the project will improve the public spaces along 3km of new segregated cycleway, strengthening Glasgow’s existing network of city cycle-paths. Glasgow City Council (GCC) is now set to begin work on the new project which is expected to be completed around Summer 2018.

Humza Yousaf, Minister for Transport and the Islands, said:

“The quality of all five final bids was extremely high in this new and exciting infrastructure competition and I am delighted to see the winner announced. Glasgow City Council has shown real ambition and vision towards improving conditions for people who choose to walk or cycle along a major commuter belt, while also connecting a densely populated area with the city centre. 

“The Scottish Government is committed to encouraging healthier and greener travel and we are investing more than £1 billion per annum to encourage people out of their cars. Transport Scotland supports projects which take active travel to the next level and this project will certainly do that by encouraging more people to make every day journeys by foot or by bike.”

Strategic travel access

The new route will provide people with an attractive, safe, vehicle-free route, by foot or by bike from the densely populated Southside of Glasgow into the city’s centre.

Glasgow City Council’s winning design is of exceptionally high quality and carries aspirations to become an exemplar route showcasing innovation and best practice, helping to deliver Transport Scotland’s long-term strategic vision for more active travel in Scotland.

The project, estimated to be worth a total of around £6,500,000, aims to contribute to health and economic regeneration in districts such as Govanhill and Laurieston, areas that are typically more vulnerable to low employment, social immobility, and higher rates of deprivation and poverty than other areas of Glasgow.

Places Designed for People

Inspired by the 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture & Design, Community Links PLUS was announced by Sustrans Scotland and the Scottish Government in November 2015. Five finalists, announced in July 2016, where chosen for their capacity to demonstrate an integrated approach to placemaking, community engagement, urban design, and promotion of walking and cycling. The winning design was then selected by a cross-sector panel of judges.

The running up designs were: East Dunbartonshire Council’s Burnbrae Roundabout and Connections; Highland Council’s Inverness City Active Travel Network; City of Edinburgh Council’s City Centre West East Cycle Link and Street Improvements; and City of Glasgow Council’s Woodside Mini-Holland.

Matthew MacDonald, Community Links PLUS Manager at Sustrans Scotland, is hopeful that that the design competition will inspire a wider sustainable travel movement across Scotland as communities see the many benefits such investment brings:

“Our hope is that Community Links PLUS will inspire communities and councils in Scotland to continue to design places around people, now and into the future. We’re hopeful that Scotland will become a leading example of why places that integrate people moving by foot, bike or public transport are more attractive, places to spend time and money, and this leads to stronger local economies and healthier people than places designed around vehicles.

“The South City Way will improve travel choices and accessibility for residents and visitors. Simultaneously, it will reduce congestion, improve air quality, enable easier use of public transport, and create places where people want to socialise, shop, and linger in.”
Bailie Elaine McDougall, Glasgow City Council’s Executive Member for Transport, Environment and Sustainability, said:

“We are absolutely delighted that the South City Way proposal has won.  Building the South City Way will be a significant step towards realising our ambition of creating a fully integrated cycling network in Glasgow.

“This new route will see better infrastructure for public transport; will link healthcare, academic, social and leisure venues and will also deliver significant improvements on Victoria Road, making it less traffic dominated and a more pleasant environment for pedestrians. 

“There has been a sharp rise in the popularity of active travel in Glasgow and we want to encourage even more people to do so regularly due to the obvious benefits this creates for health and the environment. 

“Winning an additional £3.25m of funding for the South City Way is a major boost for Glasgow.”


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Notes to Editors:

More information about Sustrans:

  • Sustrans is a charity whose vision is a world in which people choose to travel in ways that benefit their health and our environment.

More information about Community Links PLUS:

  • Inspired by the 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture & Design, Community Links PLUS is a design competition hosted by Sustrans Scotland and the Scottish Government.
  • Community Links PLUS seeks big, bold and innovative projects which would be game-changers for active travel in Scotland. The successful entries demonstrate an integrated approach to placemaking, integrating community engagement, urban design, and promotion of walking and cycling to generate projects on a scale not yet seen in Scotland.
  • The judges of the Stage 3 proposals, a panel of experts and industry leaders were: Mr Roy Brannen, Chief Executive, Transport Scotland; Dr Dave Caesar, National Clinical Advisor to the Chief Medical Officer, NHS Scotland; Ms Katy Syme, Consultant, BRE Scotland, representing the 2050 Climate Group; Mr Riccardo Marini, Director, Gehl Architects; Ms Sara Thiam, Regional Director, Institution of Civil Engineers in Scotland; Mr Stuart Watson, Senior Architect, Planning and Architecture Division, The Scottish Government.
  • The three stage competition attracted 25 expressions of interest from 24 of Scotland’s local authorities. Ten of those were selected by Sustrans and Transport Scotland to progress to stage two. A cross sector panel were then brought together to decide upon five finalists.