Work to improve Clarkston town centre, including upgrading the pedestrian access around the train station, library and Clarkston Halls, is set to start soon.
The enhancements will be followed in spring by a new trial street layout on Busby Road to create more public space with wider footpaths in some sections which will create places for meeting and sitting out.
Priorities for improvements to the town, including trying to address the traffic congestion along Busby Road and making the centre more pedestrian friendly, were suggested by residents, businesses and community groups as part of the ‘Clarkston: Your Town’ initiative.
The first works to start will see a new clear pedestrian route across the entrance to the railway station and roof car park, and the creation of a safe walking route across the Goods Yard car park to the library and Clarkston Hall.
The new street layout on Busby Road - which will take the road to one lane in each direction - will be assessed on an ongoing basis before the changes are made permanent.
East Renfrewshire convener for infrastructure and sustainable growth, Councillor Tony Buchanan, said: “We are working with the community on a long term vision to deliver change for those who live, work and visit Clarkston. These changes to transform the town for pedestrians are the first steps in implementing some of the ideas we heard in our engagement events. Thank you to everyone who took part, hearing your views and vision enabled us to understand your aspirations for your community and we are now putting in place improvements to make them a reality.”
The final report is on the council web site at www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/towncentres and copies are available in Clarkston library.