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Buchanan Street - Pedestrianised Section

Buchanan Street, Glasgow, G1 3HL

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Introduction

Getting Here

  • Buchanan Street is a pedestrianised street with other streets crossing it.
  • There are bus stops on Bath Street (West Nile Street Stop), West George Street - Eastbound (Dundas Street Stop), St Vincent Place - Westbound (North Court Stop) and Argyle Street (Buchanan Street Stop)
  • The nearest railway stations are Glasgow Queen Street and Glasgow Central.
  • The nearest subway stations are Buchanan Street (steps and escalator access only) and St Enoch (lift, steps and escalator access).
  • There are taxi ranks in Queen Street at the Argyle Street end, George Square (Queen Street Station) and Gordon Street (Glasgow Central Station).

Parking

  • BLUE BADGE PARKING (2*)
  • There are 6 Blue Badge bays on Queen Street outside Primark and Next at the Argyle Street. There are a further 6 Blue Badge bays on the opposite side opposite Sainsbury's Local. (shown in photographs 1 and 2)
  • There are 6 Blue Badge bays on George Square on George Street (north) side. (shown in photographs 3 and 4)
  • There are 4 Blue Badge bays on West Nile Street on the east side outside Las Iguanas restaurant. (shown in photographs 5 and 6)
  • There are 5 Blue Badge bays on Mitchell Street between Mitchell Lane and Argyle Street. This section of the street is cobbled and uneven. (shown in photographs 7 and 8)
  • PUBLIC PARKING (1*)
  • There are 6 paid public multi-storey car parks with Blue Badge bays. Parking is not free for Blue Badge holders.
  • 1. Concert Square Car Park is to the north of Buchanan Street on Cowcaddens Road with a pedestrian entrance on Port Dundas Road. There are 10+ Blue Badge bays. It is approximately 230m from the north (Sauchiehall Street) end of Buchanan Street. (shown in photograph 9)
  • 2. Buchanan Galleries Car Park is located to the east of the Buchanan Galleries shopping centre, giving covered access to the north end of Buchanan Street. There are 10+ Blue Badge bays. It is approximately 250m from Buchanan Street when accessed via the Buchanan Galleries Shopping Centre. (shown in photograph 10)
  • 3. NCP Car Park Mitchell Street is to the west of Buchanan Street via Mitchell Lane. There are only 5 Blue Badge bays in this car park. It is approximately 120m from Buchanan Street. (shown in photograph 11)
  • 4. Q-Park Jamaica Street Car Park is located south east of Buchanan Street and Argyle Street off Union Street. There are 10+ Blue Badge bays. The pedestrian access on Union Street is approximately 200m from the south (Argyle Street) end of Buchanan Street. (shown in photograph 12)
  • 5. St Enoch Centre Car Park is located above the St Enoch Shopping Centre and vehicular access is via Maxwell Street. There are 10+ Blue Badge bays. Pedestrian access is via the Shopping Centre lifts, approximately 100m from the south (Argyle Street) end of Buchanan Street. (shown in photograph 13)
  • 6. Q-Park St Enoch is located south of the St Enoch Shopping Centre on Maxwell Street. There are 10+ Blue Badge bays. It is approximately 250m from the south (Argyle Street) end of Buchanan Street. (shown in photograph 14)
  • There is an open air pay and display car park on Dunlop Street, located at the east end of the St Enoch Shopping Centre, with 10+ free Blue Badge bays, approximately 400m from the south (Argyle Street) end of Buchanan Street. However, access is covered most of the way if cutting through the St Enoch Shopping Centre as the Blue Badge bays are directly opposite the east entrance to the shopping centre. (shown in photographs 15 and 16)
  • ON STREET PARKING (0*)
  • There are metered pay and display standard on street parking bays on most streets around Buchanan Street, principally West Nile Street, Mitchell Street, Drury Street, St Vincent Place, George Square, Queen Street and Union Street. Parking is free in these bays for those displaying a valid Blue Badge.

Buchanan Street Overview

  • Buchanan Street, Glasgow, runs from Sauchiehall Street at its north end, marked by the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and the Buchanan Galleries Shopping Centre, to Argyle Street at its south end, opposite the entrance to the St Enoch Shopping Centre. The total distance is approximately 700m (0.4 miles).
  • The average width of the pedestrianised section is approximately 18m.
  • Buchanan Street is divided up into 5 sections in this guide, from the north end to the south end.
  • 1. Sauchiehall Street to Bath Street;
  • 2. Bath Street to Nelson Mandela Place (West George Street);
  • 3. Nelson Mandela Place to St Vincent Place;
  • 4. St Vincent Place to Gordon Street;
  • 5. Gordon Street to Argyle Street.
  • Buchanan Street is part of the main pedestrianised shopping area of the city centre.
  • Also pedestrianised, but not forming part of this guide, are Sauchiehall Street, Royal Exchange, Gordon Street, Argyle Street and St Enoch Square.
  • The lighting along High Street is mostly modern bright white lighting on lamp posts.
  • There is tactile paving at the street crossings together with dropped kerbs.
  • There are 2 pairs of buttons on each side of the road unless otherwise stated (4 per kerb edge).

Access Guides Available For (Buchanan Street)

Section 1. Sauchiehall Street to Bath Street

  • The length of this section is approximately 90m.
  • The first 2 photographs show each end of the section, looking south and north respectively.
  • Looking south from Sauchiehall Street towards Bath Street, the east side of the pavement is on the left and the west side of the pavement is on the right.
  • This section is pedestrianised from Sauchiehall Street to Bath Street. Vehicle access to the street is limited to emergency vehicles only.
  • The pavement has a slight slope down toward Bath Street.
  • The pavement on the right, west side, is raised by 2 shallow steps without handrails sloping down toward Bath Street. It has dark grey stone tile paving that is uneven in places. The steps are a lighter grey stone. There are stainless steel posts where the raised section ramps down to Bath Street. The ramp is steep at this point.
  • The pavement on the left, east side, is raised by up to 3 shallow tapered steps without handrails with a raised platform area past a statue and in front of the steps up to The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. There is a statue, bins and a street guide and local map on this platform. It then has an easy sloped ramp. It has granite tile paving. The steps are a light grey stone.
  • The main paved roadway has granite tile paving and a slight slope down toward Bath Street.
  • The central area of the pedestrianised zone has black planters, with trees and benches towards the left. The paving behind the benches changes to grey concrete slabs.
  • At the end of the section at Bath Street, beyond the bins and a bike stand, there is a line of stainless steel posts across the width of the road.

Crossing - Bath Street

  • There are traffic lights and pelican crossings at the junction of Buchanan Street and Bath Street.
  • Bath Street is 2 lanes wide and has two way traffic.
  • There are 2 crossing buttons to each side with push button control and visual indicators. The buttons are 113cm to 123cm high.
  • There is no audio alert, but there are rotating cones under each button unit indicating when it is safe to cross.
  • At the edge of both pavements is a dropped kerb with tactile paving to the full width of the crossing.
  • Just to the west of the junction there is a bus stop (West Nile Street stop).

Section 2. Bath Street to Nelson Mandela Place / West George Street

  • The length of this section is approximately 170m.
  • The first 2 photographs show each end of the section, looking south and north respectively.
  • Looking south from Bath Street towards Nelson Mandela Place, the east side of the pavement is on the left and the west side of the pavement is on the right.
  • This section is pedestrianised 10:00 - 19:00, with vehicle access for loading only out with these hours.
  • There is a line of stainless steel security posts with two central posts that are raised during the day and waste bins (shown in photograph 3).
  • The pavement has a 5.5° slope down toward Nelson Mandela Place.
  • On the left (east) side there is a level raised platform at the entrance to the Buchanan Galleries Shopping Centre, with no steps at the Bath Street end. Steps to the front and the south end taper from 0-18 medium height steps with central handrails and landings (shown in photographs 4-7).
  • In front of the steps there are two low black plinths which may be a hazard to partially sighted pedestrians (shown in photograph 8)
  • The pavement on the right, west side has dark grey stone tile paving that is uneven in places. There is a line of stainless steel posts and waste bins to separate pedestrians from any vehicles (shown in photographs 9 and 10).
  • There is a steep 8° ramp to the lower side of the Paperchase store entrance (shown in photograph 11).
  • To the left, beyond the steps and opposite Paperchase there is similar dark grey stone paving. There are also benches (shown in photograph 12).
  • The main paved roadway has granite tile paving and slopes down toward Bath Street (shown in photograph 13).
  • Half way down this section the street splits to go around the Buchanan Street underground station entrance. There is a line of stainless steel posts in front of the entrance (shown in photographs 14 and 15). Vehicles go to the left (east) of the entrance while the right is protected for pedestrians (shown in photographs 16 and 17). There is no lift access to the underground at this station.
  • To the rear of the entrance there are benches facing south. (shown in photograph 18).
  • At the end of the section the road splits again, with a second entrance to the underground station to the left, a steep ramp for vehicles in the centre, and the end of the stainless steel posts to the right at the junction of Nelson Mandela Place (shown in photographs 19-23). Before the ramp, behind the station entrance there are two low black plinths which may be a hazard to partially sighted pedestrians (shown in photograph 20).
  • On the corner during the day there is a street seating area for the bar/restaurant on the corner (shown in photograph 24).
  • The length of this section is approximately 170m.
  • The first 2 photographs show each end of the section, looking south and north respectively.
  • Looking south from Bath Street towards Nelson Mandela Place, the east side of the pavement is on the left and the west side of the pavement is on the right.
  • This section is pedestrianised 10:00 - 19:00, with vehicle access for loading only out with these hours.
  • There is a line of stainless steel security posts with two central posts that are raised during the day and waste bins (shown in photograph 3).
  • The pavement has a 5.5° slope down toward Nelson Mandela Place.
  • On the left (east) side there is a level raised platform at the entrance to the Buchanan Galleries Shopping Centre, with no steps at the Bath Street end. Steps to the front and the south end taper from 0-18 medium height steps with central handrails and landings (shown in photographs 4-7).
  • In front of the steps there are two low black plinths which may be a hazard to partially sighted pedestrians (shown in photograph 8)
  • The pavement on the right, west side has dark grey stone tile paving that is uneven in places. There is a line of stainless steel posts and waste bins to separate pedestrians from any vehicles (shown in photographs 9 and 10).
  • There is a steep 8° ramp to the lower side of the Paperchase store entrance (shown in photograph 11).
  • To the left, beyond the steps and opposite Paperchase there is similar dark grey stone paving. There are also benches (shown in photograph 12).
  • The main paved roadway has granite tile paving and slopes down toward Bath Street (shown in photograph 13).
  • Half way down this section the street splits to go around the Buchanan Street underground station entrance. There is a line of stainless steel posts in front of the entrance (shown in photographs 14 and 15). Vehicles go to the left (east) of the entrance while the right is protected for pedestrians (shown in photographs 16 and 17). There is no lift access to the underground at this station.
  • To the rear of the entrance there are benches facing south. (shown in photograph 18).
  • At the end of the section the road splits again, with a second entrance to the underground station to the left, a steep ramp for vehicles in the centre, and the end of the stainless steel posts to the right at the junction of Nelson Mandela Place (shown in photographs 19-23). Before the ramp, behind the station entrance there are two low black plinths which may be a hazard to partially sighted pedestrians (shown in photograph 20).
  • On the corner during the day there is a street seating area for the bar/restaurant on the corner (shown in photograph 24).

Crossing - Nelson Mandela Place/West George Street

  • The junction of Buchanan Street and Nelson Mandela Place/West George Street is staggered with traffic lights and pelican crossings. The street is one way for buses and taxis only from right to left (west to east).
  • To the east at West George Street there is a single pelican crossing. (Photographs 4-6). There is a drop kerb and tactile paving to both sides.
  • To the right there is a Church in the centre of a split in the road. On the upper side (right as you come down from Bath Street) is a quiet cul-de-sac. Stainless steel posts mark the end of the pedestrianised section. There crossing of the cul-de-sac has dropped kerbs with tactile paving to both sides. The road is paved with granite blocks that are uneven in places. (Photographs 6-8).
  • The pavement continues in front of the church with concrete slabs. There are railings in front of the church and lampposts and a bin in the centre of the pavement. (Photograph 9).
  • There is then a pelican crossing similar to the other at the opposite end of the junction. (Photographs 10-12).
  • There are 2 crossing buttons to each side of the pelican crossings with push button control and visual indicators. The buttons are 110cm to 120cm high.
  • There is no audio alert, but there are rotating cones under each button unit indicating when it is safe to cross.
  • Just to the east of the junction there are bus stops (Dundas Street) and the Queen Street railway station. George Square is beyond..

Section 3. Nelson Mandela Place / West George Street to St Vincent Place

  • The length of this section is approximately 88m.
  • The first 2 photographs show each end of the section looking south and north respectively.
  • Looking south from Nelson Mandela Place towards St. Vincent Place the east side of the pavement is on the left and the west side of the pavement is on the right. There is a street guide on the left at Nelson Mandela Place/West George Street.
  • This section is pedestrianised between 10:00 to 19:00 with vehicle access for loading only out with these hours. The street has a slight incline going south.
  • There is a line of stainless steel security posts with two central posts that are raised during the day. (Photograph 3)
  • The street is paved with dark grey slabs to the sides with a central cambered granite tile paved centre that is uneven in places. (Photographs 4-6).
  • At the Nelson Mandela end there are two lines of low black plinths which may be a hazard to partially sighted pedestrians. (Photograph 7).
  • To the left there are trees, with a bicycle rack, black planters, bins and benches. (Photographs 8-11).
  • At St Vincent Place the end of the pedestrianised area is marked by two sets of matching bins and planters. (Photographs 12-13).
  • To each side there are matching lines of stainless steel posts and (Photograph 14).
  • Outside Starbucks cafe there is street cafe furniture (Photograph 15).

Crossing - St Vincent Place

  • There are traffic lights and pelican crossings at the junction of Buchanan Street and St Vincent Place.
  • St Vincent Place is 2 lanes wide and has one way traffic left to right (east to west) open to all traffic. The road is busy.
  • There are 2 crossing buttons to each side with push button control and visual indicators. The buttons are 110cm to 120cm high.
  • There is no audio alert, but there are rotating cones under each button unit indicating when it is safe to cross.
  • At the edge of both pavements is a dropped kerb with tactile paving to the full width of the crossing.
  • Just to the east of the junction there are public conveniences.

Section 4. St. Vincent Place to Gordon Street

  • The length of this section is approximately 90m.
  • The first 2 photographs show each end of the section looking south and north respectively.
  • Looking south from St Vincent Place towards Gordon Street the east side of the pavement is on the left and the west side of the pavement is on the right.
  • This section is pedestrianised 10:00 -19:00, with vehicle access for loading only out with these hours. The street has a slight incline going south.
  • There is a line of stainless steel security posts with a central vehicle gap (shown in photograph 3).
  • To the left there is a street guide and map (shown in photograph 4).
  • The street is paved with dark grey slabs to the sides with a central cambered granite tile paved centre that is uneven in places (shown in photographs 5-7).
  • To the left there is a line of lamp posts, trees, bins, black planters, benches, a blue old police box, stainless steel posts and a street guide at the end of the section (shown in photographs 8-11).
  • To the right there is a line of stainless steel posts and bins (shown in photographs 12 and 13).

Junction - Gordon Street

  • At the junction with Gordon Street there is no pedestrian crossing as the pedestrianised area continues straight through and down Gordon Street.
  • Gordon Street terminates at this point and gives access to Glasgow Central Railway Station and the Blue Badge parking bays in West Nile Street.
  • There is a slight camber to the road at the junction and the granite block paving is slightly uneven in places.

Section 5. Gordon Street to Argyle Street

  • The length of this section is approximately 260m.
  • The first 2 photographs show each end of the section looking south and north respectively.
  • Looking south from Gordon Street towards Argyle Street the east side of the pavement is on the left and the west side of the pavement is on the right.
  • This section is pedestrianised 10:00 -19:00, with vehicle access for loading only out with these hours. The street is level.
  • On Gordon Street, at the start of the section to the left, there is a telephone kiosk and a cash point with a planter beyond (shown in photographs 3 and 4).
  • The street is paved with dark grey slabs to the sides with a central cambered granite tile paved centre that is uneven in places. There are steel posts in a row on the line of the change of paving to each side with bins, planters and benches. (shown in photographs 5-8).
  • The main feature of this section of the street is that during better weather. There are street cafes erected which narrow down the street (shown in photographs 9-12).
  • At the end of the street at the Argyle Street end, the posts continue to both sides with planters, benches, bins and bike rack (shown in photographs 13-18). There is also a mobile phone charging point (shown in photograph 14).
  • The road then terminates at Argyle Street.

Crossing - Argyle Street

  • There are traffic lights and pelican crossings at the junction of Buchanan Street and Argyle Street.
  • Buchanan Street is 2 lanes wide and has one way traffic right to left (west to east) open to all traffic. The road is busy.
  • There are bus stops on Argyle Street and St Enoch underground station, opposite the end of Buchanan Street with lift access.
  • There are 2 crossing buttons to each side with push button control and visual indicators. The buttons are 110cm to 120cm high.
  • There is no audio alert, but there are rotating cones under each button unit indicating when it is safe to cross.
  • At the edge of both pavements is a dropped kerb with tactile paving to the full width of the crossing.

Public facilities

  • There are public toilet facilities including accessible and standard toilets and baby changing facilities on St Vincent Place at the junction with Buchanan Street. There is a charge to use these facilities.
  • There are accessible and standard toilet facilities at the north end of Buchanan Street in the Buchanan Galleries shopping centre.
  • There are accessible and standard toilets at the south end of Buchanan Street in the St Enoch Shopping Centre.
  • There are accessible and standard toilets in the Prince's Square Shopping Centre between Gordon Street and Argyle Street.
  • Many cafes and shops also have toilets, but they may not be accessible. Some cafes have toilets behind coded entry doors for customers only.