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​Big Changes to How Glasgow’s Roads and Transport System Functions

5 December 2018

Glasgow – Where Queen Street meets Ingram Street

Here at Stelmain, we have a wide portfolio of serviced offices in Glasgow and we try to populate our blog with news and advice that is relevant both to business owners in Glasgow and to dozens of young entrepreneurs coming out of Glasgow’s universities every year. This month, as everyone looks forward to Christmas, we’re looking a little further forward as plans have been unveiled to fundamentally change Glasgow’s transport links, changing how its roads, cycling routes, footpaths, and public transport serve the people of the city. Needless to say, a large investment designed to improve Glasgow’s connections will be a huge boon to Glasgow’s businesses, and this is very good news to all of us here at Stelmain.

New Report from the Glasgow Connectivity Commission

Glasgow, like all of the biggest European cities, has several comities in charge of the city’s development. The Glasgow Connectivity Commission published a report at the end of November (Thursday the 29th) calling for fundamental changes to the way Glasgow’s roads, footpaths, and cycle lanes serve everyone in the city. But the commission also attempts to reach outside of Glasgow, stating that the changes should be ‘reaching out through the arteries into the regional economy’.

The new report is also asking for action to be taken to connect thriving parts of Glasgow City Centre to other parts of the city that aren’t thriving and are perhaps isolated due to poor transport links. There are also proposals to reduce the amount of traffic in the city centre by making better use of car parks and bus terminals to help people get around the city.

Reminding Glasgow City Council about the M8 Bridge at the Mitchell Library

Outside the Mitchell Library

The Glasgow Connectivity Commission’s report also reminds Glasgow City Council of the benefits of earlier plans to build a bridge over the M8 outside of the Mitchell Library. This plan would create a large public pedestrian space outside one of Glasgow’s most important and popular public buildings. It is large projects like this that will add value to the city, creating meaningful changes to the cityscape, and it’s encouraging to see that the commission is reminding Glasgow City Council of this proposal.

Much Better Cycling Routes in Glasgow

For many, the most intriguing part of the commission’s report relates to the proposed improvements to the cycling routes throughout the city, building on the work that has already been done by the Avenues cycling scheme. The report praises previous efforts to add safe cycling routes throughout the city, but it also states in no uncertain terms that an ‘incremental approach’ is not enough, and that ‘now is the time for radical action’. Proposed changes would ensure that there are safe cycling routes throughout the city, connecting the city centre to the suburbs, making longer cycling commutes mush safer and more viable.

Any change to Glasgow’s cycling routes could drastically improve the quality of life, and safety, of anyone choosing to cycle in Glasgow. Given the clear health and environmental benefits of any successful cycling scheme, we’re very pleased to see some movement in this area and we’re excited to see any new developments on this front.

Changing Glasgow’s Bus Service

While Glasgow is regularly praised for its efficient and relatively punctual public transport system, it still isn’t perfect. The Glasgow Connectivity Commission wants to increase the use of buses by 25%, thus reducing driving by 25%. If they achieve this, we can expect to see a significant drop in traffic congestion and fuel emissions — both of which will drastically improve the everyday quality of life of anyone living and working in Glasgow!

Here at Stelmain, we’re always interested in any news that will affect Glasgow’s business world, increasing its viability for new businesses and improving the job market. Glasgow is already the economic engine of Scotland and it’s extremely exciting to see such large plans being made to improve the city. If you’re planning on starting a new business in Glasgow, or relocating to Glasgow, you may be interested in our serviced offices in Glasgow. If you are interested and you have a few questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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