Regeneration

‘Byres Road likely to be narrower to slow cars down but it will not close to traffic’

By Ian Marland at

One thing is for sure about a future Byres Road – traffic will have less space and everyone else will have more.

But there are no plans to ban traffic cars and buses – that is not an option being looked at.

Narrower Byres Road

One option: this is how a section could look with a wider central cobbled area narrowing the carriageway

And how that ‘other space’ for everyone else will be used – whether pedestrians, cyclists, businesses or indeed parking – is still to be decided.

That was the over-riding message from the drop-in design days that have been ongoing at Hillhead Library.

More than 500 people have visited the events this week

The sessions have been previewing the ‘early design options’ for the new-look Byres Road.

A £9million pot of City Deal cash is to be spent on the road’s public realm with work starting next year.

A number of possible options for different sections of the road have been on display.

All show a narrowing of the carriageway in both directions in varying degrees.

Narrower Byres Road

Section: This is how a section of the street could look on the lower part of Byres Road

But the designs so far don’t cover how the increased space either side of the carriageway will be used.

Those designs and decisions will follow from what the public say.

So, no detail on trees, furniture, signage, or public spaces – or crucially parking.

In fact, lots of questions remain to be answered.

COMMENT

The team behind the consultation is inviting those who didn’t get along to comment online.

You can leave comments on Facebook here.

A post on Byres Road Corners reads: “We’re asking people for comments on which elements of the options they prefer, on which parts of the street.

“Bear in mind that, whatever we do, all pavements would be resurfaced.

“All of the options aim to reduce the width of the carriageway (but still one lane in each direction) and use the space gained for dedicated cycle space, car parking, tree planting and/or wider pavements.

“We can’t fit all of those things along the length of the street – there isn’t room – but we would like to hear which you think are most important on different parts of the street.”

Nick Wright, one of the team leading the consultation, told Glasgow West End Today: “We’ve been absolutely delighted with the excellent turnout, and also by people’s willingness to engage and discuss on such a challenging and complicated subject.

HUNDREDS

“The hundreds of comments we have received will be very helpful in guiding what to propose for different parts of the street.

“We’re looking forward to analysing them in detail.

“We’ll be back in a couple of months’ for another round of consultation, as well as continuing to engage with the disabled and business communities over the coming months.

“Anybody who missed the exhibition over the last three days can continue to see and comment on the plans in Hillhead Library (unstaffed) for the next few days and on Facebook.com/ByresRoadCorners.

“We hope to move it to Partick Library next week, with their permission. All input is welcome and genuinely helps to steer the design of the project!

“Meanwhile, keep an eye on the Facebook page for updates, or please sign up to our occasional e-newsletters by emailing byresroadcorners@gmail.com.”