ROAD works on key streets in the centre of Clydebank due to last for more than 18 months have got under way.

The work is part of the council’s £4.3 million ‘Connecting Clydebank’ project which aims to improve links for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers between the town centre, the town hall and the Queens Quay development.

Work will include removing the central reservation on the stretch of Dumbarton Road and Glasgow Road between Hall Street and Hume Street, realigning key junctions, and raising sections of the road to pavement level to make it easier for pedestrians to cross the road.

Other planned works include improved crossings for pedestrians and cyclists, wider pavements, introducing plants and seating areas and improving bus stops.

A new 20mph speed limit will also be introduced to enhance resident safety.

Councillor Iain McLaren, West Dunbartonshire’s convener of infrastructure, regeneration and economic development, said: “These plans were made with community need in mind, and we listened to what they told us about wanting a better connection between the town centre and Queens Quay as a priority, so it’s great to see work beginning to deliver what they asked for.

“This project will transform Clydebank and the benefits will be seen for generations to come.

“As a result, it will be much easier to walk, wheel or cycle around Clydebank, and much safer too thanks to reduced traffic flow.

“The existing town centre will be easily accessible from Queens Quay, meaning it is likely local businesses will benefit from additional footfall and custom.

“I look forward to seeing the project progress over the coming months.”

Councillor Marie McNair, vice convener of infrastructure, regeneration and economic development, added: “The design for this project was created to ensure that inclusivity was at the heart of it, and that new plans would be suitable for all members of our community.

“Not only does the design ensure the area is a more pleasant experience for residents, but improved pedestrian crossings and wider pavements means any person with disabilities will find the area much easier to navigate.”

The improvements, which are being part funded by the Scottish Government through a £2.05 million grant from Sustrans Scotland’s Places for Everyone Programme, will also support sustainable onward travel via the National Cycle Network cycle route, train and bus to wider destinations.

The project is due to be complete in early spring 2022.