and Development is responsible for the review and development of
policy, for providing advice, research and information on corporate
issues, managing projects, and developing and managing corporate
strategy. It is also responsible for corporate communications, with
Publicity and Marketing a key section within the department
closed circuit television
the successful development of the closed circuit television (CCTV)
demonstration project, a further 19 stations were equipped with
similar CCTV installations at the end of 1997/98. SPT successfully
obtained CCTV Challenge Funding of £225,000 from The Scottish Office
towards the capital cost of the second phase installation.
are monitored from a communications centre, together with the original
13 sites. Any of the 32 stations’ cameras can be viewed by the British
Transport Police in their headquarters control room at Cowcaddens,
Glasgow, if circumstances arise.
a long period with no new stations being opened on the local rail
network, work began on construction of a new station at Drumfrochar,
Greenock during the year. Feasibility studies were also commissioned
for the possible construction of new stations at Jordanhill and
Parkhead Forge. The station at Jordanhill would be a relocation
of the existing station westwards to a site at Westbrae Drive. Parkhead
Forge would be a new station between Bellgrove and Carntyne serving
the Forge shopping centre, market, retail park and Celtic Park.
Airport and cross city links study
August 1997 the authority confirmed its support in principle for
a heavy rail link to Glasgow Airport and authorised the executive
to develop more specific proposals. At the same time the authority
also agreed that a detailed analysis would be carried out of the
costs and benefits of the three options identified for a cross city
link in connection with an airport link.
local opposition to the option previously identified as the preferred
option for the Airport link – the route via St James, Paisley –
it was decided that the scope of the new work would be widened to
cover other previously considered rail options, together with the
option of a people mover between Paisley Gilmour Street and the
the end of 1997/98, consultants were about to be appointed to carry
out the first study relating to the airport link and the requirement
for a cross city link.
82 Park-and-Ride sites within the authority (including Underground
Park-and-Ride) area have a combined capacity of nearly 5000 spaces,
with typical overall occupancy levels at 74 per cent throughout
the last year "real-time" CCTV monitoring, linked to the communication
centre, was installed in a further nine car park sites throughout
the authority area.
conjunction with ScotRail a development study was carried out to
produce a strategic framework recommending where effort, money,
and promotional activities should be targeted to produce the biggest
increase in Park-and-Ride use.
transport modelling section, using models which included the Strathclyde
Integrated Transport Model (SITM), supported transport planning
by providing analysis of proposed transportation schemes such as
CrossRail, the Larkhall rail line, re-evaluation of the M74 northern
extension and Glasgow southern orbital road, together with a number
of smaller projects for SPT, The Scottish Office, and various unitary
authorities and other bodies.
team also liaised with and supported the structure plan teams in
Strathclyde to help identify long-term transportation requirements
and the most efficient and integrated transport system for the future.
of the StrathClyde BusTime system was carried out as part of an
EU-funded project called TABASCO (Telematics Applications in Bavaria,
Scotland and Others). This project demonstrated various multi-modal
transport and travel information systems, allowing drivers and public
transport users to make decisions before and during a journey.
main partners in TABASCO were Munich and South Yorkshire Passenger
Transport, who were developing similar public transport information
systems. Both Munich and Glasgow City Council installed real-time
information displays at their respective tram and bus stops, while
SYPTE developed a system to provide timetable and other public transport
information on the internet.
TV-style display was also installed in Maryhill shopping centre
giving BusTime information about local services in each direction.
Market research surveys showed a positive response from the public.
The vast majority of respondents (95 per cent) considered the information
displayed to be beneficial, while 44 per cent said BusTime would
encourage them to use the bus more often.
in Transport Committee
authority decided in April 1997 to establish an Equality in Transport
Committee, the only one of its kind in the UK. This step was taken
to address equal opportunities issues in the delivery of public
transport in order to meet the travel requirements of the entire
community – young and older people, women, people with disabilities
and ethnic minorities. Personal security issues also came within
the remit of the committee.
committee debated the government’s consultations on the Disability
Discrimination Act’s vehicle accessibility regulations for buses
and taxis. A seminar with disability organisations was organised
to talk through these issues.
section handled a large number of planning applications covering
the SPT area and replied to many local plan consultations and reviews,
one of the most substantial being for Glasgow which adopted the
approach of having one city-wide plan as opposed to the numerous
plans then in place.
objected to a proposal for housing development in the east end of
Glasgow which breached the solum of a former railway line. The objection
was not upheld, despite the issue by the Scottish Office of the
draft guidance on planning and transport which encourages planning
authorities not to sever rail solums where possible. SPT undertook
a study to look at alternative routings for a light rail/tram system
if this is required in the future to serve the east of Glasgow.
January 1998, SPT was represented at the Scottish Reporters Planning
Inquiry at Gartcosh which involved detailed discussion on the role
and location of a rail station as part of a housing development
next to the Glasgow-Cumbernauld rail line. The applicant offered
a developer’s contribution to the construction of a rail station
if the station were built within the next seven years.
on the likely effects of the DDA on infrastructure and services
was relayed to others in SPT who were looking for guidance when
designing, refurbishing and building for example travel centres.