By Democrat reporter
Work on a £4.3million project which will introduce a range of improvements in Clydebank has begun.
The Connecting Clydebank project, which centres around a key section of Glasgow Road, will create better links between the Town Hall, the town centre and the Queens Quay development.
Work will include removing the central reservation between Hall Street and Hume Street, realigning key junctions and raising sections of the road to pavement level to assist pedestrians in crossing the road.
Other enhancements include improved crossing for pedestrians and cyclists; wider pavements; introducing plants and seating area and improving bus stops.
As well as enhancing the look and connectivity of the area, a new 20mph speed limit will be introduced, making it safer for residents.
When the transformation is complete, the area will have been improved through the use of high quality materials to ensure it is accessible for everyone in the community.
The improvements, which are being part funded by the Scottish Government through Sustrans’ Places for Everyone Programme, will also support sustainable onward travel via the National Cycle Network cycle route, train and bus to wider destinations.
Councillor Iain McLaren, Convener of Infrastructure, Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “These plans were made with community need in mind, and we listened to what they told us about wanting a better connection between the town centre and Queens Quay as a priority so it’s great to see work beginning to deliver what they asked for.
“This project will transform Clydebank and the benefits will be seen for generations to come. As a result, it will be much easier to walk, wheel or cycle around Clydebank, and much safer too thanks to reduced traffic flow.
“The existing town centre will be easily accessible from Queens Quay meaning it is likely local businesses will benefit from additional footfall and custom.
“I look forward to seeing the project progress over the coming months.”
Councillor Marie McNair, Vice Convener of Infrastructure, Regeneration and Economic Development, added: “The design for this project was created to ensure that inclusivity was at the heart of it, and that new plans would be suitable for all members of our community.
“Not only does the design ensure the area is a more pleasant experience for residents, but improved pedestrian crossings and wider pavements means any person with disabilities will find the area much easier to navigate.”
The project, partially funded by a £2.05 million award from Sustrans (Scotland) Places for Everyone initiative, is due to be complete in early spring 2022.