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Glasgow city centre streets to have no-go zones for cars

The Car Hire Glasgow Airport branch are in favour of improving the safety of the city centre making it much more pedestrian friendly.

There have been areas identified to help reduce congestion in Glasgow city centre, with two new no-go zones located and hundreds of on-street car parking to also be removed.

It is expected the overall traffic in Glasgow city centre would fall by almost 10 per cent, but journey times would significantly increase if all the measures are implemented.

The city council wants to limit traffic heading north to south in the city centre by installing a bus gate on Renfield Street, one of the most polluted in the country. Another, limiting vehicles arriving from the south side, is planned for Oswald Street.

The city council is expected to approve the plans shortly as part of a strategy for city centre traffic over the next decade with bus gates scheduled to be in place by 2017. Other key plans include widening foot ways and creating avenues and new cycle lanes on key routes, further pedestrianisation of some streets and making car trips through the heart of the city centre “more circuitous and less appealing to drivers”.

Councillor Alistair Watson, political head of transport at Glasgow City Council, said “One of the actions of the strategy is to improve signing and the provision of information and any changes to city centre traffic management would be advertised and promoted well in advance.”