WCLS Developed Design Engagement

Between February and April 2021, the WCLS team hosted thirteen events and gathered feedback from hundreds of Stirling residents. We have taken all these comments on board and are using them to inform the final design stage. We have also summarised the comments and our responses as well as the resultant changes in our ‘WCLS Design consultation Report.’ If you wish to read the report, it can be found on the WCLS page on Engage.

Project Background

The transport studies undertaken for the Stirling Local Development Plan recommended new active travel infrastructure along Dumbarton Road. This is part of a package of measures to relieve city centre traffic congestion.

This recommendation was developed into a proposal for a high-quality cycling and walking route from the Forth Valley College into the city centre. This was further expanded to include a route to the University from Stirling rail station, and both routes have been named the Walk, Cycle, Live Stirling project. This project will be taken forward as part of Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Region Deal Active Travel programme and was successful in the 2017 Community Links PLUS bid (now Places for Everyone) funded by Sustrans, Transport Scotland. Additional funding for the project will be supported by contributions from local developments.

The improvements to routes from the city centre to Forth Valley College and Stirling rail station to the University of Stirling, will make it easier and safer to travel around on foot and bike. The Walk, Cycle, Live Stirling programme will also reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality and create more attractive and dynamic public spaces along routes helping to make the city a better place for people to live, work and visit.

What does Walk, Cycle, Live Stirling hope to achieve?

  1. Increase the number and proportion of walk, cycle, wheelchair, and scooter trips, within, to and from the project area.
  2. The provision of walking and cycling routes which allow everyone to get around independently, including children aged 12 years or older, and people with disabilities.
  3. Increase economic activity and footfall for businesses in the project area, particularly for small and medium-sized enterprises (SME).
  4. Create people-focussed places that improve urban and green spaces.
  5. Increase access to places of education and employment by providing a low cost and sustainable mode of travel.
  6. A reduction in the negative impacts of traffic volume and speed in local neighbourhoods.

Download Bike Life 2018 to read more on the benefits this project will bring.

About the Walk, Cycle, Live Stirling areas:The Walk, Cycle, Live Stirling scheme is made up of the following improvement areas. These are discussed in more detail below:

  1. The Raploch Street Design Project
  2. The City Centre to Forth Valley College Route
  3. The Stirling Station to University Route

An illustrated overview map of the project is available here.

The Raploch Street Design ProjectThe first phase of the Walk, Cycle, Live Stirling scheme is a focussed street design project covering Raploch Road and the link to Forth Valley College Stirling Campus along Drip Road. This project is being led by Sustrans’ specialist Street Design Team who use intensive engagement methods to co-design the public realm and streetscape improvement with the local community.

City Centre to Forth Valley CollegeThe city centre to Forth Valley College route will improve the look and feel of the streets on the route from Upper Craigs, along the A811 and the Forth Valley College campus.

The route proposals include resurfacing and widening pavements and creating safer crossing points, alongside protected cycle lanes. The route will also:

  • Bring residents and visitors to the Forth Valley College and draw people from the city centre to destinations including the Albert Halls, Smith Art Gallery and King’s Knot.
  • Provide a walking and cycling link from the Forth Valley College to the city centre.
  • Improve the look and feel of the city centre and develop increased provision for walking and cycling.

Stirling Station to the University of StirlingThe route between Stirling rail station and the University of Stirling will improve the look and feel of the route along busy streets including Cowane Street, Causewayhead Road and Airthrey Road.

This route is currently one of the most popular links in the city for people travelling by foot or bike. The project will help to create safer and more attractive streets where walking and cycling is prioritised and provide improved links from residential areas and the city centre to destinations including the University of Stirling and Wallace High school. The project will also:

  • Improve connections from Stirling’s communities living north of the river to the city centre and other key destinations.
  • Improve walking and cycling for visitors between the city centre (including Stirling Castle), Stirling Bridge, the river and the Wallace Monument.
  • Improve the quality of the National Cycle Network (NCN 765) as it passes through the city.

Concept DesignThe concept design engagement phase for the main active travel routes took place November 2019 to March 2020. You can see comments and proposals on the WCLS concept design feedback site.

Developed DesignConsultation for the developed design phase took place February to April 2021. The consultation responses as well as the Developed Design Consultation Report are available on the Council’s Engage Platform.

Detailed DesignBefore construction commences, we will publish the final designs which is based on the Developed Design feedback received through consultation.

If you would like to know any more about the project and/or want to be kept up to date with the WCLS developments please email us at walk-cycle-live@stirling.gov.uk

 

Last updated: Thursday, August 5, 2021 4:43 PM