Renfrewshire Council

The feedback period has now ended related to this project.

Paisley town centre junction improvements

We are planning changes at two Paisley town centre junctions to make bus journeys better and improve the junctions for road users and pedestrians.

The junctions 

  • Glasgow Road, Mill Street, Gauze Street and Incle Street
  • Gauze Street, Cotton Street and Lawn Street

Glasgow Road, Mill Street, Gauze Street and Incle Street 

Glasgow Road - Mill Street - Gauze Street - Lawn Street junction [1MB]

Key changes 

  • A dedicated bus and taxi lane is being added on Glasgow Road.
  • The slip road from Incle Street onto Glasgow Road is being replaced by a left-turn at the junction.
  • Traffic will flow continuously onto Glasgow Road unless stopped by a new signal-controlled pedestrian crossing.
  • The slip road from Glasgow Road onto Mill Street is being removed, with no left-turn onto Mill Street. Vehicles can turn left at Cotton Street.

Gauze Street, Cotton Street and Lawn Street 

Gauze Street - Cotton Street - Lawn Street junction [1MB]

Key changes 

  • A roundabout will replace the current junction, with signal-controlled crossings remaining for pedestrians.
  • Cotton Street will be altered to one road, supporting two-way traffic.
  • The northbound section of Cotton Street, closest to Paisley Abbey, will be closed to traffic and provide extended pedestrianised space.
  • Some on-street parking outside housing on Cotton Street will be moved to the other side of the street, maintaining the same number of spaces.
  • A signal-controlled pedestrian crossing is being added on Gauze Street, close to Silk Street.

Benefits of the junction changes 

These improvements are part of our work to make it safer and easier for people to use public transport and choose to walk or cycle around Renfrewshire, while also making sure people can continue to make journeys by car.

Bus Partnership funding from Transport Scotland is enabling us to make changes to the junction which will improve journeys by bus and improve the junctions for all road users and pedestrians.

The changes have carefully been considered to balance the needs of all road users and pedestrians, supporting continued access to businesses and organisations around the junctions.

Main benefits of the changes:

  • Quicker, more reliable journeys for bus passengers
  • Bus and taxi lane giving priority to buses running behind schedule
  • Bus services finishing at Paisley town centre can use the roundabout to turn and start their return journey more efficiently
  • New signal-controlled pedestrian crossings at Incle Street and Gauze Street
  • Reduced traffic speed from Incle Street onto Glasgow Road
  • Easier for all vehicles on Glasgow Road turning right
  • Improved area outside St Mirin's Cathedral and increased pedestrianised space at Paisley Abbey
  • Prevents illegal parking blocking the approach on Glasgow Road
  • Maintains business access through dedicated loading bays
  • Maintains on-street parking provision

Bus and taxi lane 

The bus and taxi lane starts on Glasgow Road just after Kilnside Road and finishes directly after the junction with Mill Street.

It will operate from 8am to 6.15pm with traffic light technology at the main junction giving priority to buses running behind schedule.

Bus stops around both junctions remain at the same locations.

Pedestrian crossings 

Signal-controlled crossings at both junctions will remain in place and pedestrians will also benefit from new signal-controlled crossings at Incle Street and on Gauze Street, close to Silk Street.

Road users 

Our road survey found more than 55% of all vehicles approaching the junction from Glasgow Road turn right.

Glasgow Road will have two full lanes for all traffic, with the middle lane allowing vehicles to go straight on and right, and the outside lane remaining a right turn.

A yellow box added on Glasgow Road will support vehicles accessing and exiting Garthland Lane.

Road traffic will not be able to turn left onto Mill Street, instead continuing through the junction and turning left onto Cotton Street.

Traffic on Incle Street will access Glasgow Road from a dedicated left-turn lane at the junction, with a continuous flow unless a pedestrian is using the signal-controlled crossing.

Road users will still be able to travel in both directions on Cotton Street and in all directions through the roundabout on Gauze Street.

Parking provision 

The controlled parking arrangements around both junctions remain the same.

On-street parking on Gauze Street remains the same, maintaining the same number of spaces, including disabled access spaces.

Some on-street parking outside housing on Cotton Street will be moved to the other side of the street, maintaining the same number of spaces, including disabled access spaces.

Accessing the Lagoon Leisure Centre and Christie Street Car Park from Glasgow Road by car

Cars and other vehicles can continue to access the short stay car park directly in front of the Lagoon Leisure Centre and the Christie Street Car Park from Christie Street.

Business access 

Designated spaces in the bus and taxi lane will enable businesses on Glasgow Road to receive deliveries outside of peak periods, with clear signposting to detail this.

There will be no loading or waiting access at the section of the bus lane closest to the junction traffic lights.

A loading bay is being added on Mill Street to support Mill Street businesses close to the junction and on Gauze Street outside Gabriels.

Outside St Mirin's Cathedral

Removal of the slip road directly outside St Mirin's Cathedral will enable us to create a more attractive landscaped area.

The statue of St Mirin will be within this landscaped area, moved closer to the Cathedral.

Wedding and funeral vehicles will still be able to exit through the Cathedral gates off Incle Street.

Outside Paisley Abbey

Closing the current northbound section of Cotton Street to traffic will provide extended pedestrianised space with the opportunity for this to be landscaped and further developed in the future.

When these changes are taking place

Your feedback enables us to finalise the changes before starting work in 2024.

Construction works would start at the Glasgow Road junction first then at the Gauze Street junction.

Provide your feedback

The feedback period for the plans has now closed.

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback.

We will update on the next steps in due course.