Consultation Digest (Local) Issue 117, 18 August 2022

Not so fast.

As the right-wing press talk about speed limits for cyclists, this Digest has half a dozen items about trying to slow down drivers. Two of the traffic calming measures belatedly follow tragedies in East Dunbartonshire and Renfrewshire. 

Elsewhere, there’s a new area plan for Whiteinch and Scotstoun, to add to ones for the city centre, Woodside and Pollok. There are further traffic orders for East Ayrshire and across Glasgow.

There are also two drop-in events in the city centre this afternoon…

Consultation events

Two in-person drop-in events overlap today (Thursday 18 August). Fortunately, they’re within a few blocks of each other so it should be possible to make both events.
Firstly, the City Centre Transformation drop-in, 1–7pm at the University of Strathclyde’s Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC), George St.
Secondly, there’s the ‘Our Place’ George Square drop-in, 4–7pm at western side of the square (near the purple display boards).

Next month, there’s a family/beginner cycling event at the Pyramid Centre in G3.

(new/updated items in bold – link jumps to article)

Section 1: Current Consultations

  1. Kittochside Road Traffic Calming Scheme
  2. Carmunnock Road Roundabout 20mph Speed Limit Zone
  3. Barras North (Calton Village) TRO
  4. Laggan Road filter TRO
  5. Rugby Park, Kilmarnock – Parking Consultation
  6. Whiteinch and Scotstoun – Sustaining Choices
  7. George Square & ‘Block C’ Avenues – ‘Our Place’
  8. Raeberry Street Community Engagement (Connecting Woodside)
  9. Eskbank Road, Glasgow – Traffic Calming
  10. Edinburgh Rd (service road), Glasgow – Traffic Calming
  11. Glasgow City Centre Transformation Plan
  12. Manse Road, Bearsden – Speed Table
  13. Clachan of Campsie – Bus Turning Area
  14. B819 Crosshill  Road, Bishopbriggs – 40mph Speed Limit
  15. South Crosshill Road, Bishopbriggs – Parking restrictions
  16. Greater Pollok Strategic Development Framework
  17. Greenock to Battery Park SfP lane

Section 2: Consultation Feedback

  1. Glasgow North SDF update
  2. Glenburn Road, Paisley – Traffic Calming

1: Current Consultations
(in date order for responses)

1.1: Kittochside Road Traffic Calming Scheme

Council: Glasgow City.
Area: Northern end of Kittochside Road, Carmunnock (between Glasgow and East Kilbride).
Subject: Installing 13 speed cushions (with bollards) on the wider sections of Kittochside Rd as it comes past housing into the village. It remains to be seen if this scheme will have any effect on traffic levels and road safety overall.
Featured: Digest 116, Item 1.4.
Website links: Kittochside Rd Traffic Calming area (PDF)Kittochside Rd section 1 (PDF) and Kittochside Rd section 2 (PDF).
Deadline: 19 August 2022.

1.2: Carmunnock Road Roundabout 20mph Speed Limit Zone

Council: Glasgow City.
Area: Not in Carmunnock – it’s the roundabout on the main road between King’s Park and Castlemilk (B766).
Subject: Extending the 20mph zone to the shops on the Carmunnock Rd/Brakemire Dr service roads next to the roundabout.
Featured: Digest 116, Item 1.5.
Website links: Carmunnock Rd 20mph TRO documents (combined PDF).
Deadline:24 August 2022.

1.3: Barras North (Calton Village) TRO

Council: Glasgow City.
Area: North of Gallowgate, between Barrack St and Melbourne St in Calton.
Subject: Parking restrictions and traffic calming in area of new housing. The site, east of the Morrisons supermarket, had lain empty for decades. Wheatley Group is building new flats, called ‘Calton Village’ (for “mid-market rent”) and amending the road layout. Armour St will be filtered at its western end so traffic for Morrisons has to use Barrack St. Various parking bays and build-outs are planned (plus secure bike parking). However, Melbourne St is used as a rat run (to avoid traffic lights) so may be better with a diagonal filter to stop through traffic.
Featured: Digest 116, Item 1.6.
Website links: Barras North/Calton Village TRO documents (combined PDF) and housing development planning application.
Deadline: 25 August 2022.

1.4: Laggan Road filter TRO

Council: Glasgow City.
Area: Laggan Rd in Muirend between Langside Dr and Merrylee Rd/Clarkston Rd.
Subject: Proposals for a filter at the north end of Laggan Rd at Coylton Rd. Presumably to stop drivers taking a shortcut between Langside Dr and Clarkston Rd. The filter has bollards and an exemption for cycling so should be permeable.
Featured: Digest 116, Item 1.7.
Website links: Laggan Rd filter TRO documents (combined PDF).
Deadline: 26 August 2022.

1.5: Rugby Park, Kilmarnock – Parking Consultation

Council: East Ayrshire.
Subject: A Traffic Regulation Order to bring in matchday parking restrictions on 30+ roads around Rugby Park, home of Kilmarnock FC. They’re newly promoted back to the Scottish Premiership so bigger clubs, with more supporters, will be visiting. The club and stadium are one of the oldest in Scotland so they’re in the middle of a residential area. The proposed measures seem to be mainly painted lines and signage. More ambitious event day parking zone proposals for Ibrox Stadium and Celtic Park were dropped by GCC in May.
Featured: Digest 116, Item 1.8.
Website links: Rugby Park TRO page (Tell Me Scotland website) and TRO documents (combined PDF).
Deadline: 26 August 2022.

1.6: Whiteinch and Scotstoun – Sustaining Choices

Sustaining Choices project – Scotstoun & Whitehill
Sustaining Choices– Glasgow Eco Trust and partners PAS and Smarter Choices Smarter Places

Organisation: Glasgow Eco Trust.
Subject: GoBike member Neil writes: Glasgow Eco Trust has been successful in securing support from PAS (formerly Planning Aid Services) as part of their Sustaining Choices 2022 programme. This support will allow us to develop a Sustainable Transport and Active Travel plan for Whiteinch and Scotstoun.” An online discussion took place yesterday (we only got a day’s notice).
Website links: Sustaining Choices webpage and Sustaining Choices survey (also a survey for local businesses/orgs).
Deadline: 31 August 2022.

1.7: George Square & ‘Block C’ Avenues – ‘Our Place’

Council: Glasgow City.
Area: George Square and surrounding streets from ‘Block C’ of the Avenues project (including West George St, North Hanover St, Hanover St, Miller St, John St, George St and Cochrane St).
Subject: The next step in the consultation about the square and its surroundings (the last round was in Feb/Mar). New visualisations show the designers have got the message about more greenery. They’re an improvement on the current, quite barren, square but are not final. Which is just as well, since the shared spaces and road treatments at north and south look like they’d need more work. There are display panels at the western side of George Sq showing designs for the square and Avenues. A second drop-in session will be held next to the panels on Thursday 18 August (4pm to 7pm). There are two surveys – one for George Square and one for the proposed Avenues.
Featured: Digest 106, Item 1.5.
Website links: George Sq ‘Our Place’ engagement website.
Deadline: 2 September 2022.

1.8: Raeberry Street Community Engagement (Connecting Woodside)

Map of Raeberry St showing wider North Woodside area
Cycle Map showing current Raeberry St between River Kelvin (left) and canal (top right)

Council: Glasgow City.
Area: Raeberry St and Garriochmill Rd, North Woodside (west of Maryhill Rd).
Subject: Fine-tuning plans to change junctions, move crossing and add bike parking. Responses from the phase 1 consultation mean there will be improved lighting but no benches (due to fears about anti-social behaviour). The other measures seem broadly the same as before, including filtering one side of the dual street at Maryhill Rd and sharpening corners at Striven Gardens roundabout.
Featured: Digest 99, Item 1.12.
Website links: Raeberry St storymap and Raeberry St Quietway Design Survey.
Deadline: 2 September 2022.

1.9: Eskbank Road, Glasgow – Traffic Calming

Map highlighting Eskbank St, Glasgow
Eskbank Rd highlighted in Greenfield area of East End (© Google Maps)

Council: Glasgow City.
Area: East End, south of Greenfield Park (north of Shettleston station).
Subject: Speed cushions along the length of Eskbank Rd (in eight sets of three). Kirknewton St has previously been filtered/stopped up at both ends (at Budhill Ave and at Eskbank St). The latter is next to Thorntree Primary School – that and the park across the road may be the reason for the traffic calming. There seems to be potential for further filtering nearby. However, the surrounding streets have more housing on them than Eskbank St itself.
Website links: Eskbank Rd drawing.
Deadline: 8 September 2022.

1.10: Edinburgh Rd (service road), Glasgow – Traffic Calming

Map of Edinburgh Road's Service Road with speed bumps marked
Map showing speed bump positions on service road (click to enlarge)

Council: Glasgow City.
Area: Not on Edinburgh Rd itself – it’s service road to south, near Garrowhill Park.
Subject: Half a dozen full width speed bumps (rather than speed cushions with gaps between). These suggest a possible issue with speeding motorbikes/scooters as well as rat running cars/vans.
Website links: Edinburgh Rd service road drawing.
Deadline: 8 September 2022.

1.11: Glasgow City Centre Transformation Plan

Council: Glasgow City.
Subject: Another plan about the city centre, with familiar themes from Districts to Avenues, but also some surprises. A few more cycle/pedestrian bridges have appeared in the maps, including across the M8 and River Clyde. Cathedral St is apparently being made bus-only, which raises questions about cycling provision (and traffic on High St).
Also, Workshops will be held on Microsoft Teams…
Greener Glasgow/Streets/Place/Parking/Servicing – Tuesday 23rd August 2022 (morning).
Public Transport: Bus/Train/Subway/Metro/Taxi – Thursday 25th August 2022 (morning).
Open Forum/Aims/All-Topic Discussion – Wednesday 31st August 2022 (afternoon).”

Featured: Digest 116, Item 1.10.
Website links: City Centre Transformation Plan webpage and CCTP survey.
Deadline: 12 September 2022.

1.12: Manse Road, Bearsden – Speed Table

Manse Rd traffic calming plan
Manse Rd traffic calming plans (click to enlarge)

Council: East Dunbartonshire.
Area: Manse Road, which runs through a residential area between Drymen Rd and Milngavie Rd (A81).
Subject: Traffic calming being (belatedly) added after a driver killed a pedestrian and injured six others on Boxing Day 2019 (the driver is due to stand trial in November). The raised speed table and bollards are to go in at the scene of the crash – the chicane near New Kilpatrick Parish Church. It’s not clear if EDC considered wider measures in the area, such as filtering (to stop local roads being a through route for cars/vans but to let bikes through).
Website links: Manse Road TRO (combined PDF).
Deadline: 12 September 2022.

1.13: Clachan of Campsie – Bus Turning Area

Drawing showing Clachan of Campsie bus turning area
Clachan of Campsie – parking restrictions and artists’ impression of a No Entry sign

Council: East Dunbartonshire.
Area: Clachan of Campsie – picturesque hamlet at foot of Campsie Hills.
Subject: Order to enforce a bus-only turning circle next to the car park between Knowehead Rd and Crosshouse Rd. The area may be familiar to anyone who’s visited the Wheelcraft bike shop nearby. A new housing estate is being built to the east of the car park so the traffic order is presumably to put people off parking in the way of buses.
Website links: Clachan of Campsie – bus TRO (combined PDF).
Deadline: 12 September 2022.

1.14: B819 Crosshill  Road,  Bishopbriggs  (40mph Speed Limit)

Aerial view of B819 Crosshill Road, Bishopbriggs
Aerial view of Crosshill Rd – roundabout proposed for corner on right next to WW2 site

Council: East Dunbartonshire.
Area: North-east fringe of Bishopbriggs, just past Low Moss prison, going towards Lenzie.
Subject: This traffic order changes a 60mph section of Crosshill  Rd to 40mph. It’s past a proposed roundabout to East Dunbartonshire’s new crematorium. This is being built on the site of a former World War 2 barrage balloon station.
Website links: Crosshill  Road TRO (combined PDF).
Deadline: 12 September 2022.

1.15: South Crosshill Road, Bishopbriggs

South Crosshill Rd parking restrictions
A game of ‘spot the difference’ courtesy of EDC

Council: East Dunbartonshire.
Area: South Crosshill Rd between Kirkintilloch Rd and Wester Cleddens Rd (nowhere near Crosshill Rd).
Subject: A new Morrisons is being built on S Crosshill Rd (former Bishopbriggs High School site) to replace the current one on Kirkintilloch Rd. The traffic order seems to extend some of the parking restrictions across the proposed entrance road for the supermarket.
Website links: South Crosshill Rd TRO (combined PDF).
Deadline: 12 September 2022.

1.16: Greater Pollok Strategic Development Framework

Council: Glasgow City.
Area: South-western corner of Glasgow at edge of M77 and East Renfrewshire. Includes Leverndale, Nitshill, Priesthill and Darnley neighbourhoods.
Subject: One of six SDF documents that looks at the economy, environment and transport of an area over the next 30 years. This part of Glasgow is between Thornliebank and Barrhead, East Renfrewshire (which had the recent Barrhead consultation map). Braidcraft Rd and Brockburn Rd have Spaces for People lanes (as does Corkerhill Rd to north). However, there are some hellish junctions around Silverburn Shopping Centre. After a slow start the consultation map has had over 280 comments.
Featured: Digest 113, Item 1.6.
Website links: Greater Pollok Commonplace map.
Deadline: September 2022.

1.17: Greenock to Battery Park SfP lane

Council: Inverclyde.
Subject: A Spaces for People temporary route between Greenock town centre and a coastal park. A council vote was 9:2 in favour of keeping the lanes for another six months, with a further review in September. Photos in the consultation survey show a mixture of on-road ‘soft’ segregation and painted lanes on footways and across side roads. While some of the junction and bus stop treatments may not be ideal, there seem to be decent protected sections too.
Featured: Digest 108, Item 1.12.
Website links: Greenock Town Centre to Battery Park – Community Engagement and Inverclyde Now article on council vote.
Deadline: No obvious deadline.

Section 2: Consultation Feedback

2.1: Glasgow North SDF

Council: Glasgow City.
Area: North of the M8 from Maryhill Rd across to Springburn.
Subject: Strategic document covering North Glasgow has been passed by committee. The next stage is go to a full council meeting for approval.
Featured: Digest 74, Item 1.5.
Website links: Glasgow North SDF update and draft North Glasgow SDF document.

2.2: Glenburn Road, Paisley – Traffic Calming

Glenburn Rd roadworks location
Site of traffic calming to be added on Glenburn Rd

Council: Renfrewshire.
Area: Main road between Stanley Reservoir and Thornley Dam in the south of Paisley (near to our recent monthly ride destination at Gleniffer Braes).
Subject: A 15-year old girl was killed by a speeding driver on Glenburn Rd in July 2019. Traffic calming was planned as a response and is now finally going to be installed. Apparently, it’s been brought forward (from October) and is due to start next week. It will consist of “two buildouts, speed cushions, fresh road markings and new signage”. According to the Scottish Roadworks Commissioner website, the location is the stretch between Gleniffer Rd and Braehead Rd (ref: RN001-GS/100822 (3204405)).
Website links: Daily Record article about Glenburn Rd.