Network Rail (NR) have announced that the public consultation on a new footbridge for Strathbungo has decided in favour of design A, which nods to the design of the current bridge and allows Strathbungo residents to maintain the fine old tradition of waving at the trains.
However, we still don’t know where the bridge is to be situated. The local consensus appears to be that the bridge be re-sited at the end of Marywood Square, where one existed until the end of the 1990s.
The Society met with Network Rail in early August to discuss this and associated issues of the road bridge on Nithsdale Road, where Susie’s still stands, though not for much longer (demolition is scheduled for early 2022). Network Rail have a deadline of 2023 to get electric trains on the tracks. This means all timescales are tight but it seems much has still to be determined.
Moving the footbridge was raised and their engineering spokesperson said that he had done a location visit at Queens Square but had not investigated the original site of the Marywood Square bridge, which seems odd! There seemed little resistance in principle to the idea of re-locating the new footbridge but the feasibility is in question. Where the engineer investigated at Queens Square, they felt there was no safe pedestrian access to it, as it is sited on a semi-chicane T-junction with narrow pavements on the Moray Place side at the Queens Square junction. NR believed that the same would apply at the top of Marywood Square. However this is not the case. Where the previous bridge landed at Marywood, the infrastructure is intact with a pavement as wide as at the existing bridge, but considerably longer and with the advantage of overhead lighting. It also provides safer access to Pollokshields, in that this site is nearer the pedestrian crossing across Darnley Road.
Questions were also asked about the road bridge at Nithsdale Road. Given the state of the bridge, it is not surprising that it is to be replaced but the new road bridge will replace the deck only – not the superstructure at either end that holds it up – and will remove the ‘temporary’ props under the bridge. The new deck will be thinner from top to bottom than the present to raise the clearance. There was also discussion about the replacement parapets, ensuring that they are suitable in a conservation area .
For the Society, there are major concerns about how the new road bridge will be configured . Currently it is a two-lane road, one in either direction, due to weight restrictions. However, with new commitments by the Council to active travel, we are keen to enter into discussions with them about the road design. It will also be important to have a footbridge before the road works start, or crossing the railway will have to be done via Titwood Road or Albert Drive. As things stand, we are seeking the urgent engagement of council officials in the Planning and Roads departments to seek solutions that suit the Strathbungo area .
We can say it no better than Heraghty’s have:
As many of you will know, Brighter Bungo is our quarterly clean-up by residents of the lanes in the Bungo. It has taken place for many years, organised by the Society in cooperation with Cleansing officers from Glasgow City Council. Our aim is to keep the environment in Strathbungo cleaner, brighter and enjoyable for all.
One crucial element has been that volunteers are covered by the Council’s Public Liability Insurance (PLI). Public liability insurance protects the Society against compensation claims and legal costs if volunteers are injured or property is damaged. In all our efforts over the years, we have never needed to use it, thankfully. But like all insurance, it needs to be there.
Now we have been informed that the Council will not provide this back up. We think their position is contradictory. They want volunteers to play their part to “Make Glasgow Greener”. But as an organisation that has played this role for years, our hands are now tied by the Council withdrawing the insurance that makes it possible. We are not alone, as community groups all over the city are finding that they are in the same position.
The irony is that, as community groups now needing to take out PLI policies, we would do so by applying to the Council for grants to pay the premiums! Will we all be financed to make the payments? And will that be more that the Council would pay for an overall policy?
We are in correspondence with the Council about this.
Glasgow City Council has published a Climate Emergency Implementation Plan, to which the Society has responded as part of the consultation that ended on 24th January. The response mentions, among other things, the “active travel path” suggested earlier.
You can read the Society’s response here (PDF file).
Come along (virtually speaking) to our online Christmas Market!
After the success of Bungo (Not) in The Back Lanes this summer, we’re hosting another online market just in time for Christmas. Focused on local business, crafters and makers, it will be perfect for original, local presents for your loved ones, or to treat yourself.
It will be available for two days on 5th & 6th December on the Bungo Blog (the link will be published here once the event is live). In the meantime, if you are a local maker or business and you would like a free stall that weekend, just fill in the appropriate form that you’ll find here.
Thank you to the Strathbungo Eco Group, which presented on a variety of topics at the Society’s AGM on Tuesday 17 November.
The group was formed by a group of Bungo neighbours, inspired by cleaner air and audible birdsong during lock-down. There is a variety of projects under way, ranging from the practical to the exploratory. You can find out more from the slides that were presented here.
If you’re interested in being part of this informal but enthusiastic group, email email@example.com to request to join the WhatsApp group.
You may have noticed that a new sign has appeared on the ‘Bungo bridge over the railway. It asks bridge users to maintain a physical distance, allowing others to cross the bridge first if they’re already on it.
Most people already do this but there have been occasional incidents when a polite request has been met with confrontation.