£1.5 million plan for Hope Street to improve bus services

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A major city centre street in the low emission zone is set to get a £1.5 million boost to improve bus services this year.

The £1.5 million plan for Hope Street will see bus stop makeovers including new shelters, real time passenger information, better accessibility and crossing improvements among other schemes. Work is to start in the late summer and be finished by March for the first phase beginning at Hope Street’s junction with Argyle Street running to West George Lane.

A council paper said the Hope Street route is the “primary northbound bus corridor through the city centre and low emission zone” and is a “key priority for strategic improvement.”

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The Hope Street investment forms part of a total cash allocation of £2.3 million from the Strathclyde Partnership from Transport. Councillors are due to consider whether to approve acceptance of the cash at the city administration committee on Thursday. Other potential work to improve bus transport includes a roundabout being removed in Pollok and Paisley Road West having a section of the carriageway realigned.

Cash is also to be spent on collecting information on how many people are cycling, bus lane enforcement cameras and city wide bus stop enhancements.

Funding from SPT to Glasgow City Council is to be allocated to the following projects subject to councillor approval:

Active Travel Data Collection – £145,000

Bus Lane Enforcement Cameras – £150,000

Bus Traffic Route Priority Upgrades – £100,000

City Wide Bus Stop Enhancements – £100,000

Hope Street Corridor Bus Stop Improvements – Phase 1 – £1,500,000

Paisley Road West Bus Corridor Improvements – £150,000

Pollok Bus Corridor Improvements – £150,000

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