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Cycle paths and 20mph limit in £9m Byres Road revamp

Taxi rank at Hillhead Underground Station will be restricted to the hours between 6pm and 2am.

Cycle-friendly: How the road will look.
Cycle-friendly: How the road will look. Glasgow City Council

Cyclists and pedestrians are set to benefit from a £9m project to redesign Glasgow's Byres Road.

Protected cycle lanes will be installed on both sides of the road, while pavements will be widened to make more room for pedestrians and public seating areas.

Meanwhile, the taxi rank at Hillhead Underground Station will be restricted to the hours between 6pm and 2am and a speed limit of 20mph will be enforced for the entire length of the road.

Bus stop bypasses - routing the cycle track behind the bus passenger boarding area to maintain the separation of cyclists and motor traffic - have also been included in the design.

Glasgow City Council said the development will result in the road space being reduced by approximately 30% and the number of parking spaces dropping from 117 to 42.

However, a spokesman added that an additional 56 spaces would be made available after 6pm and the council was investigating making further spaces available in nearby streets.

The project is being jointly funded by the UK and Scottish Governments through the £1.13 billion Glasgow City Region Deal.

Carol Connolly, the council's head of City Deal, said: "The new public realm at Byres Road will improve the experience of the area for all those who live there or use it for shopping, studying, or going out to eat and drink.

"Byres Road is one of the most popular destinations in the city for both Glaswegians and our visitors, and this public realm work will ensure it maintains this position.

"The public consultation saw a wide range of views expressed, and the revised designs reflect this."

Work on the project is expected to begin in the summer of 2020, and be complete by the spring of 2022.

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