£500k funding boost for town centre project

Cowgate, Kirkintilloch
Cowgate, Kirkintilloch

A project to give pedestrians and cyclists priority and reduce the speed of traffic in a busy town centre has been given a £500,000 boost.

Transport charity Sustrans has awarded East Dunbartonshire Council the ‘Community Links’ funding for the Cowgate area in Kirkintilloch.

The £1.5million project will see pavements widened and the road narrowed at strategic locations.

Connections from the Cowgate to the National Cycle Network will also be improved and street clutter will be removed to allow pedestrians to get around with ease.

Gail MacFarlane, East Dunbartonshire Council’s economic development manager, said: “The council is delighted to receive this funding from Sustrans towards the Cowgate street design project, which forms a major part of the Kirkintilloch Town Centre Masterplan.

“Whilst the commitment to the project and indicative designs are set out in the masterplan, a final design has yet to be agreed.

“A programme of engagement will be carried out in the coming months with the Kirkintilloch Champions, the local community and businesses in order to arrive at a design for Cowgate.”

A number of works are currently taking place in the Cowgate area as part of the Kirkintilloch Town Centre Masterplan, including the Barleybank Public Realm Project.

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Tom Bishop, Sustrans’ community links coordinator, said: “Sustrans Scotland is delighted to announce that we will be directing funding into this project in Kirkintilloch.

“We received a record number of applications to our Community Links Programme and have worked hard to carefully select those of the highest quality to fund.

“We are committed to ensuring that people across Scotland are better connected by safe and accessible walking and cycling facilities.”

He added: “This project on the Cowgate will provide both those who live in and visit Kirkintilloch with excellent facilities to travel actively.

“We look forward to working with the council in order to ensure its successful delivery.”