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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 3:02 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Glasgow under-street heating plan unveiled ( BBC)



Researchers are launching a project which aims to use water from abandoned
coal mines to provide up to 40% of Glasgow's heat.


It is hoped reservoirs in the city's old tunnels can be used to create geothermal energy.
The process uses pumps to extract heat from the stored water, which can provide a cheap
way to heat homes. A Glasgow Caledonian University team will identify underground
reservoirs with the potential to heat homes.

The researchers expect to create a blueprint of the whole city within three years. The first
stage of the work will focus on the Clyde Gateway regeneration area, which covers a large
area of east Glasgow.

Geotechnical specialist Dr Nicholas Hytiris said Glasgow could become the latest city to have
under-street heating, after Hamburg and Stockholm. We believe this technology will, in the
long term, be able to provide cheaper and more sustainable heating, which could be an
answer to fuel poverty issues prevalent in many areas of Glasgow, particularly those with
a mining past and a legacy of poor-quality housing and high unemployment," he said.
"In three years' time we will have a full and accurate record of what is going on beneath
our feet and then we can go on from there."

The British Geological Survey has offered access to its data for the project, including a
3D model of the city, while the work will be done by PHD student Emma Church, part-funded
by Scottish Power. Derek Drummond, sustainable technology manager at Scottish Power, said:
"This is an excellent project which could prove to be very beneficial for the city and its
residents. The initial work around the Clyde Gateway regeneration area should allow a
good understanding of the technical challenges involved in capturing this energy, and how
it could be applied to other areas. It is important that we can fully understand how this
energy will integrate with the electricity network."

Glenalmond Street, in the east end of Glasgow, has been using geothermal energy for 10
years, heating 17 homes.



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 4:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Another sound Eco idea ... though all they need to do is stick a pipe into one of the pot holes they refuse to fix. The one right on the junction of Bothwell St and Hope Street has been there that long and is now that large I expect Jules Verne to jump in it every morning.
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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2014 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

George Square car ban to start next month ( Evening Times)

Cars will be banned from part of George Square from the start of next month.


The city council is to introduce a bus gate at Nelson Mandela Place from midnight on Sunday June 8.
That will mean cars will be banned from travelling into George Square, with only buses, taxis and
cyclists allowed access.

Roads bosses say that will result in a 70% cut in the volume of traffic - around 8000 vehicles - moving
through Nelson Mandela Place during the day. The bus gates will operate from 7am until 7pm, seven
days a week and will result in a drop in road congestion, a reduction in harmful exhaust emissions
and will improve the environment for pedestrians.

It is hoped the scheme will also result in improved bus journey times and reliability through Nelson
Mandela Place and George Square. Motorists will be diverted up Hope Street, along Cowcaddens
Road and down North Hanover Street. The existing taxi rank in Dundas Street will be closed with
access restricted to service vehicles only.

A new taxi rank with capacity for nine black cabs, will be created, on Monday June 9, on the south
side of West George Street between Buchanan Street and Dundas Street. All traffic will be banned
from the east side of George Square, outside the City Chambers. The plan is to raise the existing
road there to the same level as the square. Bollards, which can be retracted to allow access for
emergency vehicles or VIPs visiting the City Chambers, will be installed at each end of the street.

Alistair Watson, the council's land and environment spokesman, said: "This bus gate is set to see a
reduction of around 70% in the current level of traffic. As a direct result, there will be a substantial
reduction in the degree of congestion and vehicle pollution in the area. The reduction in traffic will
also lead to improved pedestrian access to the entrance of Queen Street station and better access
for buses to the busy stops on the north side of West George Street."




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Alistair Watson is a dick who won't listen to the people of Glasgow or the Business's who pay the rather large rates to have a city location. With this one move he has single handedly moved Glasgow in the direction of a congestion charge scheme and the people went along blindly. With all traffic heading east now restricted to Clyde Street and Cathedral Street the City will grind to a halt. Not a problem with those going west where most of those free-loading cnuts live right enough. How many roads in Glasgow are unrestricted to the west-end.

Yes his projected figures are probably bang on the money "For the area" but you do not fix a problem by moving it somewhere else. They also have started an aggressive campaign against any service vehicles entering anywhere in the city and loading and unloading during business hours. Take a wander round that whole section they have planned for their idiotic bus-gate if you count less than 20 blue banded scruffy parking attendants in that one space you need to get to spec-savers.
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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2014 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

absolutely stupid idea.
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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2014 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Did the guy ever pass a maths exam? The 8000 vehicles not going that route will have to go somewhere else. They're not going to vanish into thin air. Its going to be gridlock on the other routes and it will tail back onto other streets.
Motorists will be diverted up Hope Street!!!! Its one of the busiest, most polluted streets in the city and it has a bus gate at Central Station so why the hell do you want to put more traffic on it.

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He's a tosser! Was the councillor for my area at one time..
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PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2014 8:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Its a bad bit of road right enough but this is a crazy idea
The taxi rank at Dundas st can be loaded to capacity at times and this new one  that holds nine, wont be big enough for the cabs that use this stance
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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2014 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

stan63 wrote:
Did the guy ever pass a maths exam? The 8000 vehicles not going that route will have to go somewhere else. They're not going to vanish into thin air. Its going to be gridlock on the other routes and it will tail back onto other streets.
Motorists will be diverted up Hope Street!!!! Its one of the busiest, most polluted streets in the city and it has a bus gate at Central Station so why the hell do you want to put more traffic on it.

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Their cue to introduce a congestion charge.
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Success for Glasgow cycle hire scheme as over 1200 sign up ( Evening Times)



A new city bike hire scheme has proved a roaring success, with almost 1200 people signing up
in less than a week.


Since it was launched six days ago, almost 1000 people have hired the distinctive bikes, which carry
the bright pink People Make Glasgow logo. The average length of hire has been 80 minutes and the
longest journey so far has been to Loch Lomond and back.

The 600,000 Nextbike scheme, nicknamed Gordon's Gears - in tribute to city council leader Gordon
Matheson, has resulted in 400 bikes being available for hire at 31 permanent locations across the city.
Additional temporary sites have been set up at six Commonwealth Games venues. Mr Matheson said:
"The people of Glasgow have already embraced the bike scheme. The bikes are being seen all over
the city - as far away as Loch Lomond in fact - and are being used by commuters, students, businessmen
and visitors. Already, Glasgow's is the biggest bike scheme in the UK outside of London and I am sure
it will only continue to grow in popularity."

The only other city in the UK with a hire scheme is Bath, which has 100 bikes at 10 locations. Council
insiders say the Glasgow scheme could be extended if its present popularity continues. Mr Matheson,
who has himself signed up to the bike hire project, added: "This is yet further progress - in addition to
the millions of pounds we are investing on cycle routes across the city - in making Glasgow one of the
UK's most cycling friendly cities. The scheme also has a key role to play in driving forward Sustainable
Glasgow. It will contribute to a reduction in carbon emissions, leading to better air quality and will give
people easy access to a healthy method of travel."

People who want to hire one of the bikes have to register through the website www.nextbike.co.uk/en/glasgow
by their smartphone, landline or computer. Once registered, they are provided with a login username,
membership and personal ID number. Annual subscribers are provided with a radio frequency identification
card which can be swiped over the cycle's onboard computer sensor to speed up the hire process. As
many as four bikes can by hired on one card.

Annual membership costs 60, with bike hire free for the first 30 minutes and 1 an hour after that,
capped at 5 for up to 24 hours. Hire costs for short-term casual users are 1 for the first 30 minutes
with each additional half hour costing 1, capped at 10 for five to 24 hours. Local businesses can sign
up for a corporate membership to allow staff or customer to access to the bikes for free.

The service is aimed at organisations looking to improve their green credentials, promote active transport
and reduce use of cars for short, frequent journeys. Each bike is protected by a robust chain lock with a
four digit code, a saddle with a theft protection device and a satellite tracking system fitted to assist in
locating any stolen bikes.

So far, no bikes have been stolen or damaged.

Glasgow Bike Station, the charity promoting mental and physical health through cycling, won the contract
to carry out all bike maintenance. Cycling has taken off in a big way in Glasgow with the recently opened
Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome now the busiest centre of its kind in the world



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