Cambuslang and Rutherglen Street Redesign

Cambuslang and Rutherglen Street Redesign

The Challenge

SYSTRA was appointed to support the redevelopment of Cambuslang and Rutherglen Main Streets into more user friendly and attractive places for the people who live and work in the area. The overarching aim of the project is to revitalise these streets and provide enhanced facilities for local people, support local business and strengthen community ties.

However main streets are often located on busy routes into and out of urban areas. This frequently raises significant tensions between the ‘through’ movement of traffic and the local short trips associated with accessing and using these streets and the quality of the environment.

In many cases the needs of through traffic and the application of standard highway design approaches have led to very vehicle dominated environments. This can contribute, along with other trends such as online shopping, to the slow deterioration of these smaller main streets as they become less attractive to use, firstly as a result of the quality of the environment, and secondly as a result of a deteriorating offer as footfall declines. There are however many examples of high streets where through traffic has been accommodated whilst significantly improving the environment for walking, cycling and just ‘staying’.

SYSTRA’s Role

SYSTRA’s approach to revitalise the streets sought to:

  • Be urban design-led not engineering-led, producing visual street designs for both sites
  • Engage comprehensively with stakeholders through design charrettes
  • Include segregated cycle infrastructure and connect into existing walking/ cycling routes, including a review of options to reroute NCR 74 along the Main Streets
  • Identify specific problems/obstacles and propose design/engineering options to resolve them
  • Estimate the improvement in Air Quality and the associated impact on health
  • Provide estimates of the modal shift from vehicles to more active forms of travel and the health and economic impact (HEAT)
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