Glasgow City Council and Strathclyde Passenger Transport are working together to develop a modern, quick reliable transport system to serve the Clyde Corridor.
Initial studies have shown that the ideal would be a tram based system. Likely routes are serving the north bank (City Centre to Glasgow Harbour); south bank (City Centre to the Southern General Hospital); and the City Centre. The likely implementation date for a LRT system is sometime after 2010.
However, there are plans to deliver an interim system on the north bank between the city centre and Glasgow Harbour, to be delivered by December 2007. This would be an ultra-modern bus based system - Clyde Fastlink - operating a six minute service frequency between Glasgow City Centre and Glasgow Harbour.
Glasgow Harbour is working with both Glasgow City Council and SPT to deliver this service, and a route has been reserved through the Glasgow Harbour site to accomodate both the interim and the final service.
Glasgow City Council has drawn up proposals for a new public transport system for the Clyde Corridor, which will not only provide better access to the new employment, leisure and retail facilities but will also help tackle increased traffic congestion and pollution in the city centre.
Clyde Fastlink will be a “state of the art” public transport system running a six minute interval service from the city centre along the northern bank of the River Clyde, via the IFSD, SECC, and the new Riverside Museum, terminating at the west end of Glasgow Harbour. The public transport vehicle will provide an experience offering many of the benefits of a tram without the rails embedded in the ground.
From Glasgow Harbour to the eastern end of Broomielaw, the system will be almost fully segregated from the existing road network, running on its own private section. Two-way sections will be provided for this length of the route, with the exception of a short section on Broomielaw at Lancefield flats where it will be on-street due to land constraint. In the city centre section it runs in a clockwise one-way loop passing below Glasgow Central at the “Heilanmans Umbrella” and sharing the network with all other traffic, but running on bus lanes where possible to minimise delay.
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