11 Jan 2018
Work on the £7.2million Sauchiehall Street Avenue project began this week (January 8). The project takes place on the section of the street between Charing Cross and Rose Street.
The Sauchiehall Street Avenue project sees the creation of a multifunctional service verge and two-way cycle lane on the northern side of the street. The pavements will be widened to free up space for pedestrians and licensed tables and chairs on both sides of Sauchiehall Street.
In addition, 28 trees - in a variety of deciduous species, with attractive colours throughout the year - will be planted along the Avenue, along with new bus shelters, cycle stands, seating, smart city infrastructure and improved street lighting.
The project - expected to be complete by summer 2019 - also involves the four streets to the south of Sauchiehall Street between Elmbank Street and Douglas Street. The Sauchiehall Street Avenue will be the first of sixteen such avenues to be created on Glasgow city centre streets in the coming years.
The Sauchiehall Street Avenue project is funded by the Glasgow City Region City Deal, and is part of the £115m Enabling Infrastructure Integrated Public Realm programme, known as the Avenues, for Glasgow's city centyre.
Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of the Glasgow City Region City Deal Cabinet, said: "The Sauchiehall Street Avenue project will play a key role in the regeneration of one of Glasgow's most famous streets, one which for generations has been a leading destination for shoppers, workers, students, theatre and concert-goers as well as people visiting bars and restaurants.
"This project will make the Charing Cross - Rose Street stretch of Sauchiehall Street an even more attractive location and a welcoming gateway to the city centre. The work on the Avenue will improve connections for everyone, especially pedestrians and cyclists, and this greater connectivity will bring economic, environmental and social benefits to all those individuals and organisations who use the area.
"This is the first example of our new approach to realising the full potential of the city centre and in doing so, create economic growth for all of Glasgow's people."
Glasgow Chamber of Commerce chief executive Stuart Patrick said: “We’re very pleased this project is now underway. The section of Sauchiehall Street which is the focus of the investment programme is one of the main destinations in Glasgow’s night-time economy, and with the right level of care it will be a genuinely distinctive asset to the city and to the businesses which operate there. The area has its challenges - pavements are ragged, waste bins proliferate, there’s too much street clutter and it has to cope with being a primary gateway for traffic into the city centre. With this investment that will change, and The Avenues is an important project in Glasgow’s new city centre strategy.”