Plan for Glasgow's Buchanan Street to have 'one-way system' considered

One of Scotland's busiest shopping streets could be transformed by a ‘one-way system’, with signs and pavement stickers to encourage pedestrians to walk on one side of the road.

As part of their coronavirus response, Glasgow City Council is currently working on plans which could see signs and pavement stickers temporarily put in place on Buchanan Street and other city centre pedestrian precincts.

The idea, similar to one already in place in Cardiff City Centre, is to encourage pedestrians to stay on the left-hand side of the street as far as possible.

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It is believed that by directing the flow of pedestrians, it will be easier to get around and maintain social distancing.

Buchanan Street in Glasgow.Buchanan Street in Glasgow.
Buchanan Street in Glasgow.

The signs and stickers would work alongside the queuing measures already put in place by high street shops.

Under the proposed one-way system, pedestrians would be encouraged to stay on the left-hand side and only cross over to other side if they had to.

Council officers are still working on the details of the scheme, which is still at an early stage.

Measures are also being taken by the City of Edinburgh Council.

On Monday, non-essential shops in Scotland reopened and shopping centres will be allowed to open fully from 15 July.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is expected to speak about social distancing and whether it may be relaxed at her daily news briefing on Thursday.

New rules for customers

With some non essential retailers across Scotland now permitted to reopen, the Scottish Retail Consortium (SRC) trade body, along with trade union Usdaw and the Scottish Government, are encouraging people to follow these five steps for “considerate shopping”:

- Queue considerately

- Maintain social distancing

- Follow instructions inside and outside shops

- Follow hygiene measures

- Be respectful to staff

You should also wear a face covering as well when shopping.

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The Scottish government website states: “When you enter enclosed spaces, where physical distancing is more difficult and where there is a risk of close contact with multiple people who are not members of your household, you should wear a face covering.

“Examples include: entering shops or businesses; visits to a care home for the elderly; visits to adult hospitals as an outpatient; and GP surgeries or pharmacies where it is not always possible to maintain a two metre distance from other people.”

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