The core route through Glasgow linking key venues for this summer’s Commonwealth Games has been unveiled today (April 02).
Known as the Games Route Network (GRN), it ranges from Scotstoun in the west to Tollcross in the east and will be crucial to the success of Scotland’s largest ever sporting and cultural event.
Glasgow City Council is investing £4.5million in the route, which includes upgrades to CCTV and traffic signals; investment in more variable message signs, and improvements to junctions, signing and lining – all of which will create a legacy for Glasgow’s network after the Games.
A Games Route Network is a requirement of any city chosen to host the Games and ensures athletes and officials are able to get to venues in time. Glasgow 2014 and Glasgow City Council have worked hard to make sure it also helps keeps the rest of the city moving.
Unlike many other sporting events, over 85% of the Glasgow network will be shared with other road users, and less than 15% will make any use of Games Lanes.
Where Games Lanes are used, there will usually be other lanes available on the same stretch for other traffic.
The only sections where this is not possible, for safety reasons, are the M8 Stobcross off ramp and Clydeside Expressway Finnieston St (west) off-ramp – where local diversions will be in place.
There will be some temporary turning and kerbside restrictions, but these have been kept to a minimum – ensuring there are viable local alternatives for parking and loading. The network will be enforced by Police Scotland.
Work along the route is getting under way and will continue into July. The GRN will be phased-in from 8 July, becoming fully operational from 21 July.
Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow City Council, Cllr Archie Graham said:
“Glasgow is one of the world’s top sporting cities and provides athletes with a great experience.
“This investment in our network will build on that reputation, but also takes into account the needs of businesses and residents.”
Michael Renshaw, Glasgow 2014 Director of Transport, said:
“The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will see over 6,500 athletes and officials come to Glasgow for 11 days of fantastic competition that will put Glasgow and Scotland on the world stage.
“We’ve seen unprecedented interest in the Games, including amazing demand for tickets from people all over Scotland, the rest of the UK and internationally.
“We know this means the city will be bustling with activity come Games time and with that, our transport networks will be busier than usual. The Games Route Network is essential to make sure athletes and officials reach events on time.
“Glasgow and the surrounding area may have to operate differently but by working together to make sure we are informed, prepared and ready, we can deliver an outstanding Games that everyone can enjoy.”
Hugh Gillies, Head of Transport Scotland’s 2014 team said:
“Scotland will be on the global stage during Glasgow 2014 and it is important that we make every effort to have our road networks running smoothly. That is why we have worked in close partnership with Glasgow2014 and Glasgow City Council to develop a Games Route Network that plays a part in making this year a huge success.
“In addition, the money already invested in the M74 and M80 will make a vital contribution to key access routes in and out of the city while bringing legacy benefits for years to come.”
The Commonwealth Games will touch the lives of everyone in the city, in some way shape or form. The event will also change how the city functions and operates for its duration. Get Ready Glasgow is the campaign to help people across Glasgow plan ahead for the Games.
Already everyone living or working near Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games’ venues has had the chance to find out more about how the city will look and feel as it prepares to the largest ever sporting event in Scotland.
A series of 10 local events were held for residents living on the doorstep of a Games’ venue or Live Zone last month, offering useful information on the changes they can expect to see in the lead up to and during Games time, how to prepare for potential alterations to daily routines and how to ensure they make the most of the opportunity to get involved.
Organised by Glasgow City Council, Glasgow 2014 and Police Scotland at each meeting local residents and business owners were able to meet the people bringing world class sport to their doorstep, find out more about the cultural events and legacy projects across the city and speak to those who will be keeping the city open for business this summer.
A newsletter has also been distributed to every business and household in Glasgow this month and a website – www.getreadyglasgow.com – has been set up as a single source of up-to-date information about preparing for the Games. The website has some useful travel advice for business tools to help businesses and people can also sign up for email updates to stay informed.
While some of the restrictions may impact on a small number of commuter journeys, everyone can contribute to the overall success of The Commonwealth Games by using public transport, walking or cycling. They can also make their own journeys easier by using tools such as the free Traveline Scotland app or getreadyglasgow.com.
Detailed plans for traffic management around venues in Glasgow during Games time will be made public towards the end of April and a further round of information sessions will be held in May when more specific detail around traffic, travel and parking is available.
In addition, there are specific information sessions for businesses to help prepare for the Games. These workshops will be open to up to 20 businesses at a time and are available to businesses with at least 25 employees. At each workshop a travel advisor will work with the businesses to help to develop Travel Action Plans. Dates and times for these events can be found in the Business Advice section on the get Ready Glasgow website. Places at workshops must be booked in advance.
Further to the workshops, drop in information sessions will be available to businesses across Glasgow in the run up to the Games. Businesses can attend one of these to find out how they might be affected, pick up some tools to help plan and seek advice and further information.
The dates, times and locations of the drop in information sessions will be available from April. There is no need to register for these events.
Get Ready Glasgow is also on twitter @getreadyglasgow