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Olivia Elsey

Govan Transport Hub

Glasgow has a comprehensive urban transport system, including the most extensive urban rail network in the country outside London and the oldest underground railway in the world. The Clyde Fastlink has established a new bus-rapid-transit system and lays the groundwork for a future light-rail network. Currently, all these networks are all autonomous of one another, with only a handful of awkwardly designed and badly executed interchanges between railway, subway and bus. In addition, the railway networks north and south of the Clyde have no fixed link, requiring time-consuming changes between the south and north of Scotland.

This project addresses all of these issues, by proposing a new multi-modal transport hub in Govan. South-west of the centre of Glasgow, this was once the heart of the city’s shipbuilding industry. With all but a few shipyards along the River Clyde closed, and with passenger ferries limited to a few seasonal tourist routes, the neighbourhood is now disconnected from its historical origins and much of the city’s suburban rail network.

This project imagines a new river crossing for Glasgow’s suburban railways, connecting the two halves of the network either side of the river. Threading through the historic neighbourhood of Govan, this high-level railway will present the opportunity for a new multi-modal transport interchange combining railway, subway, bus and light rail on the site of Govan’s existing subway station.

Connecting the Inverclyde and Ayrshire Coast lines south of the river to the Argyle lines north of the river, it will create a direct route from the south west of Scotland to the Central Belt and Edinburgh. The development of the interchange will bring footfall and enable further regeneration in Govan. It envisions a new hybrid interchange that learns from Glasgow’s industrial past to help shape its future.

Stephen Johnson