CONSTRUCTION is underway on a new £3.7 million Olympic standard BMX track being built in Knightswood.

The new BMX Centre at Knightswood Recreation Ground is the only permanent venue being constructed for use at Glasgow's European Championships 2018 and will be Scotland's only World and Olympic standard BMX track.

Work is expected to be complete by late spring next year, after which the venue will host a number of test events in the lead up to Glasgow 2018.

Completion of Knightswood BMX Centre will mean Glasgow is the only city in the world with venues capable of hosting all four Olympic cycling discipline events - BMX, MTB, Road and Track - within its boundary.

The facility - which is being funded by Glasgow 2018, sportscotland, Glasgow City Council and HSBC/British Cycling - will be open for use by the local community and is hoped to leave a lasting legacy for future generations.

Sport Minister Aileen Campbell said: "Cycling is one of the many exciting sports that make up the 2018 European Championships, which will be screened across the globe and cement Scotland's reputation for hosting world-class events.

"When complete, the £3.7m Knightswood BMX Centre will build on the success of the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome at the Emirates Arena and Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike Trails, enabling top athletes to compete in their discipline of choice and encouraging grass-roots riders of all ages and abilities to get involved in this great sport."

It will also be the new home of the Western Titans BMX Club, who will relocate from their existing base in Clydebank.

The main track will accommodate riders of all ages and abilities, and will feature eight and five metre start ramps for advanced riders and competition use.

There will also be a smaller pump track suitable for learners, and both tracks will be fully floodlit.

In addition, the BMX Centre will feature changing facilities, a meeting room, a car park and an access road from Archerhill Road.

The playpark and MUGA (multi-use games area) on the edge of the current blaes pitches will remain.