New £6.5m project to promote 'active travel' in Glasgow
A segregated route, running from Queen's Park to Stockwell Street, will be created.
A new multi-million pound project will promote "active travel" in Glasgow.
The £6.5m South City Way will create a segregated route for cyclists and pedestrians, running from Queen's Park in the south side to Stockwell Street in the Merchant City.
Transport minister Humza Yousaf oversaw the launch of the initial project work on Monday as efforts began to break ground at the site.
He said: "Glasgow City Council has demonstrated real vision through its commitment to develop this major active travel route from the south side to the city centre.
"Whether you live, travel or work in Glasgow, this infrastructure will allow generations of people to better and easier enjoy the benefits of greener and healthier modes of transport."
The project has been granted £3.25m from the Scottish Government, which will be matched by Glasgow City Council.
It is expected to be completed by late next year, cutting journey times from the park to the city centre to about 12 minutes on a bike.
Daisy Narayan, deputy direct at Sustrans Scotland, said: "Glasgow City Council's SCW shows real ambition and vision towards improving conditions for people who choose to walk or cycle along a major commuter route, while also connecting a densely populated area with the city centre.
"Once completed, the South City Way will improve travel choices and accessibility for residents and visitors. It will also reduce congestion, improve air quality, enable easier use of public transport, and create places where people want to socialise, shop and spend time in.
"Our hope is for the SCW to become a leading example of how places that integrate people moving by foot, bike or public transport lead to stronger local economies and healthier people than places designed around vehicles."