An EastRenfrewshire Council project which would create cycle paths and improved walking routes as been shortlisted in the Sustrans Scotland’s Community Links PLUS (CLPLUS) competition.
Run by Sustrans and funded by the Scottish Government, CLPLUS delivers pioneering and game-changing projects which inspire public bodies in Scotland to design better places and spaces for people to live, walk and cycle in for everyday journeys.
East Renfrewshire’s proposal – linking Thornliebank with Clarkston the A727 Toll to Toll project would see the creation of dedicated cycle paths and improved walking routes as part of an enhanced public realm.
The project would also create improvements for people walking and cycling along the A77 from Newton Mearns and Giffnock to Glasgow, by creating segregated cycle ways and connecting to key public transport links in the area.
Having been selected to go through to the second phase of the competition, the local authority will recieve a grant of £50,000 to further develop their proposals.
The next stage will include extensive engagement with local communities and stakeholders and developing designs which could be taken to construction.
The grants will total £500,000 from Transport Scotland funds, delivered through Sustrans Scotland.
Each project is expected to begin further development of the proposals within the next month with the judging stage of the competition set to take place in April 2019.
CLPLUS is demonstrating that designing places around the needs of people delivers a wide range of benefits, including boosting local economies, supporting smaller retailers, healthier communities and safer, more attractive streets.
Transport Secretary Michael Matheson said: “The Community Links Plus fund generates some of the most exciting ideas for introducing the infrastructure we need to encourage more people to leave their cars at home and make journeys by bike or on foot.
“It’s very encouraging to see we have eight different local authorities which have not only identified opportunities in their areas but have been shortlisted for this stage of the competition.
“We will look forward to finding out which ideas are taken through to construction.”
Mr Matheson continued: “The Scottish Government doubled the active travel budget to £80 million to help create an active nation of people leading healthier and more active lifestyles.”
Matthew Macdonald, Sustrans Scotland head of infrastructure, added: “These 10 shortlisted projects are a bold step towards a healthier, more sustainable and vibrant Scotland which designs places around the needs of people over vehicular access.
“With the backing of Transport Scotland, Sustrans will now work in partnership with the eight shortlisted local authorities to help develop their pioneering visions into realistic proposals which have the support and input of their local communities.
“These exemplar projects demonstrate the wide ranging benefits that well designing safer, friendlier places bring, such as boosting footfall for local business, improving the health of local people and creating safer environments that are more pleasant to live in and move through.”