Spaces for People
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic Scottish Government launched their Spaces for People grant funding to support local authorities to introduce temporary measures to support social distancing and active travel messages as well providing an outside environment where this can take place.
We submitted four funding applications and a total of £1.2m was awarded. This included awards for route enhancements, East Kilbride Active Travel Network, the outdoor school environment, and town centres.
The funding included £50,000 for enhancing the cycle route between Uddingston and Cambuslang to support active travel during this pandemic.
Both pedestrian and cycle movements have been monitored on the national cycle network Route 75 and this has shown an increase since the beginning of the pandemic. With feedback from members of South Lanarkshire’s Cycling Partnership it was agreed that the vegetation on the route between Uddingston and Cambuslang should be cut back to encourage more people to use it.
These works are currently being programmed.
East Kilbride Active Travel Network
The funding included £300,000 for the East Kilbride Active Travel Network supporting of active travel during the pandemic.
This has allowed us to accelerate work on the cycle network between East Kilbride Rail Station and the Town Centre (Torrance Road/Brouster Hill) and on Cornwall Street. Construction is expected to begin in March 2021.
Following the publication of the East Kilbride Active Travel Study in 2019 we have recently completed the construction of the first phase of works on West Mains Road which is the first step towards a fully integrated cycle network for the town.
The next phase of the network consists of the design and part implementation of a cycle network from Churchill Avenue to West Mains Road and has been split into phases to reflect current and anticipated future funding availability as well as connecting into Network Rails' East Kilbride Rail Corridor Enhancement Project.
The cycle network will consist of a segregated cycle network, from Torrance Road to a point on the east of Kirktonholme Road and will consist of junction alterations, additional combined zebra and cycle crossings, replacement of mini roundabouts with priority junctions, signing as well as the altering/resurfacing of footpaths. These works are expected to be completed in early 2021.
Finally, preliminary designs have been prepared for the remainder of the route and a section from Kirktonholme Road to Whitemoss Avenue and beyond to Priestknowe roundabout will be subject to consultation with residents, the local Community Council and other groups as well as the wider public. Residents and local groups will be contacted directly via letter while the wider community and will be invited to comment via a questionnaire publicised here, on social media and in the local newspaper.
The funding included £750,000 for the outdoor school environment with a phased implementation of measures.
Along with Education Resources social distancing requirements and active travel during the pandemic were investigated for all 148 schools. Every school has been discussed between representatives from Roads and Transportation Services and Education Resources. Additional equipment was provided, such as cones, barriers and signage, to help with social distancing and space management. Social distance and active travel banners with signing and footway markings were also provided at all schools and a second phase of measures, mandatory 20mph speed limits outside approximately 90 schools, was agreed.
This second phase of measures will change advisory 20mph speed limits to mandatory 20mph speed limits at 88 locations and could potentially change the characteristics of the roads outside schools to encourage active travel by pupils and parents/carers. Schools not included typically have a part-time mandatory 20mph speed limit already in place with the use of electronic signs.
Gateway signing and carriageway signing for the 20mph limits is anticipated to be completed in spring 2021.
These works require a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO). It is our intention to monitor these locations with a view to permanency before the expiry of the TTRO. This will require the full TRO process to be undertaken which will include the usual consultees and processes.
20mph town centres
The funding included £100,000 for town centres with a phased implementation of measures identified.
A variety of interventions have been considered with signage and pavement stencils requesting social distancing in towns and major neighbourhood centres. Local shopping has also been promoted. The next phase for towns is to have 20mph cordons close to a number of town centres. This follows the consideration of speed reduction actions taken by other councils from large scale 20mph areas to smaller cordons within town centres. The cordon approach to 20mph town centres is now being taken forward at six locations as a pilot.
This second phase of measures will include gateway signage in the short term and consideration is also being given to a longer-term option for these gateways to have permanent features. The gateways will help create a change in characteristics to alter driver behaviour and encourage active travel by slowing vehicles down.
Gateway signing and carriageway signing for the 20mph cordons is anticipated to be completed in spring 2021.
These works require a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO) to be in place. It is our intention to monitor these locations with a view to permanency before the expiry of the TTRO. This will require the full TRO process to be undertaken which will include the usual consultees and processes.
The six locations are Carluke, Lanark, Strathaven, Bothwell, Uddingston and Larkhall. For more information see the 20mph town centres directory.