New bus station could ease gridlock

04 Jan 2009

by Gerry Braiden, The Herald 

A second major bus station could ease chronic congestion on the streets of Scotland's largest city, according to a new report.

Consultants working for Strathclyde Partnership for Transport suggest a new "hub" in Glasgow city centre close to the Clyde would serve destinations south of the of river, relieving pressure on both the road network and Buchanan Bus Station, which is already operating at full capacity.

However, such a move could prove inconvenient for passengers travelling within the city and generate the same problem seen at Queen Street and Central rail stations where travellers often have to walk between the two to complete their journeys.

SPT has now agreed to look into the feasibility of providing the new interchange, possibly on land near the St Enoch Shopping Centre, while Glasgow City Council said the move could be a key factor in cutting city centre congestion levels.

A spokeswoman for First Glasgow, the city's largest bus operator, also welcomed the suggestion.

She said: "There is indeed a shortage of terminus capacity within Glasgow city centre.

"Any new infrastructure that would provide the opportunity to alleviate pressures elsewhere and further enhance the public transport network would be very welcome indeed."

Robert Booth, the council's executive director of land and environmental services, said: "We would welcome a south bus hub as it would significantly reduce the need for cross-city traffic."

The report, by consultants Faber Maunsell, also criticised other aspects of bus operations in Glasgow including a lack of turning circles, shelters and bus interchanges and that a number of buses in the city do not meet European standards on fuel emissions.

Reproduced with the permission of the Herald & Times Group.

  • Aerial view of the route into the Central and St Enochs

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