Published 22 November 2017

A project to improve connections and enhance traffic and pedestrian links in Clydebank has taken a major leap forward after Councillors agreed to release £2.3million of funding.

Members of the Infrastructure, Regeneration & Economic Development (IRED) Committee today gave the green light for the money to be released for the Connecting Clydebank project, which will improve traffic and pedestrian links between Clydebank town centre and Queens Quay.

The Committee also approved the detailed project proposal, which outlines the wider Connecting Clydebank plan.

Sustrans Scotland previously provisionally awarded £2million of match funding to Connecting Clydebank, developed on the back of the successful 2015 Charrette process which saw residents share their vision for the future of the town.

Councillor Iain McLaren, Convener of Infrastructure, Regeneration & Economic Development, said: “The Connecting Clydebank project proposal gives a detailed overview of what this project will mean for the town and how it will transform the area to the benefit of residents and visitors alike. This project will make it easier to walk and cycle in the town and will also help to improve traffic flow.”

Councillor Diane Docherty, Vice Convener of Infrastructure, Regeneration & Economic Development, added: “What is particularly pleasing about this project is that it reflects the views of the people of Clydebank who took part in the Charrette process. We are delivering on what they wanted for the town and it will bring a remarkable change to Clydebank.”

Connecting Clydebank aims to revitalise the civic core of the town, forming essential links between the Town Hall on Glasgow Road, the ongoing multi-million pound Queens Quay regeneration project and the existing town centre.

It 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.

These significant improvements will create a safer and more attractive route from the town centre to Queens Quay in order to encourage active travel such as cycling and walking. It specifically takes in the stretch of the A814 between Clydebank Library and to the west of the Argyll Road junction.

A mandatory 20mph speed limit on this stretch of the A814 will make the area safer for pedestrians and cyclists and, research shows, reduce traffic congestion.