£2m cycle route will link Kelvingrove and university to new Partick-Govan bridge

By Ian Marland at

A key cycle route is to be upgraded at the cost of nearly £2m to link in with a new crossing over the River Clyde.

City Deal funding has been approved for the Active Travel North project which will see enhanced, segregated cycling provision from Kelvin Hall to Ferry Road by the Clydeside Expressway.

Road layout at Bunhouse Road

How the new road layout will look by Kelvin Hall

The route is along Bunhouse Road, Old Dumbarton Road, Benalder Street and Ferry Road.

At present, cyclists and pedestrians share a narrow footway divided by a painted white line.

But the layout is not friendly to users and leads to conflict between those on foot and those on bikes.

A segregated cycle way will create a safer space for cyclists and pedestrians.

Enhanced materials, street furniture and public art will also be used to create network of public spaces at key junctions.

Lighting will be replaced along the route to make the journey feel safer in the dark.

New bridge

Cash: Money for the crossing and related infrastructure is coming from City Deal

Money for the cycle route, £1.95m, will come from the £1bn+ Glasgow City Region City Deal fund, which is paid for by the Scottish and UK governments.

The money pays for infrastructure works and does not come out of council frontline budgets.

Lee Grant is with Yorkhill and Kelvingrove Community Council which has been driving forward its own ‘cycling village’ plans.

He welcomed the City Deal announcement, saying: “We are delighted that City Deal funding is being used to improve conditions for walking and cycling in the area.

“These works will represent the first steps to realise our ambition to make Yorkhill and Kelvingrove the most accessible community in Scotland.”

How Bunhouse Road looks at the moment

How Bunhouse Road looks at the moment


Links: improved route is shown in yellow, linking to existing paths in purple. New bridge crossing by Riverside Museum is shown white

The tender for the new river crossing – again paid for by City Deal funding – is expected to go out next year. Designs for the bridge were revealed in January.

Better cycling provision will improve links between Kelvingrove, Kelvin Hall, The Riverside Museum, Govan Old and Fairfield Heritage Centre.

Taking shape

Meanwhile, works to enhance another piece of the jigsaw, Byres Road – also paid for by City Deal cash – are expected to move forward in the coming months following consultation over new traffic measures.

The bigger picture is about encouraging active travel within a new cross-river city zone.

The Glasgow Riverside Innovation District is taking shape between the University of Glasgow and the proposed Clyde Waterfront Innovation Campus located at Queen Elizabeth University.

A source close to the scheme said it was important to ‘choreograph’ the different works so that they came together at the right time.

Video: How the new bridge will look

The £13m Yorkhill and Kelvingrove Cycle Village project being developd by the local community is being funded by GCC and Sustrans.