A Scottish Green plan to cut the speed limit on part of the M8 to 30mph that was branded ‘madness’ by the Scottish Conservatives has been passed by Glasgow City Council. We previously reported that Councillor Christy Mearns had lodged a motion asking for action on the city centre stretch of the road.
And despite warnings from the Scottish Conservative group that it would damage the city economy, councillors have opted to press ahead to see if they can take the plan forward. At a meeting of the city council, an amended motion that stated it was “time to reconsider whether a city centre motorway – very much a transport solution of the 1960s – is the right solution for the 2030s and beyond”.
The council’s SNP convener for transport Cllr Angus Millar has now written to Transport Scotland asking for the slower speeds to be considered. The motion further states: “….car-centric transport design has created many significant negative impacts on quality of life for communities across Glasgow and the West of Scotland, particularly those bordering the M8 motorway, including ongoing physical barriers, unattractive and unsafe routes for walking, wheeling and cycling, and increased noise and air pollution.
“The construction of the M8 motorway tore through established residential communities of Glasgow, and to this day acts as a scar in the urban fabric of the city, with a deeply damaging impact on the city centre’s placemaking and creating severance between the city centre and localities to its north and west.”
‘Mad’ Green plan for 30mph speed limit on Scotland’s busiest motorway is PASSED by Glasgow council – Scottish Daily Express‘Mad’ Green plan for 30mph speed limit on Scotland’s busiest motorway is PASSED by Glasgow council – Scottish Daily Express