The announcement by the Get Ready Glasgow campaign coincides with a further round of information sessions for business being held during April and May to cover specific plans around what travel and parking options are available.
Temporary traffic management measures being brought in for the Games are intended to protect residents and businesses around competition venues from informal spectator parking. They will also ensure Games related transport, including that provided for athletes and officials, is able to get to venues in time.
The plans are also designed to manage the flow of spectators to and from venues, ensuring that they arrive and exit events as quickly and as safely as possible and have been designed to make sure that walking, cycling and public transport are the best ways to get to the Games encouraging spectators to leave their cars at home.
Within 10 minutes’ walk of a venue, parking restrictions are likely to be in force in order to protect residents and businesses. Some restrictions and diversions may also be in place within 20 minutes’ walk.
To help residents and businesses with their planning, a series of maps have been produced to provide a venue by venue guide of the traffic management and parking measures that will be in place in the run up to and during the Games.
George Vincent, Project Management and Design Manager, said:
"Glasgow will be open for business throughout the Games, but it won't be business as usual. Now is the right time to plan ahead and find out how you might be affected.
"If you live or work near a venue, we are putting in place measures to keep your community moving and help make sure you can enjoy being at the very heart of Glasgow's biggest ever celebration.
"We're already working closely with businesses across the city to make sure they know what these changes mean for them - and we will be returning to venues next month to talk to local people, share the latest information and answer any questions they have as we approach the Games."
John Fryer, Glasgow 2014 Transport Manager, said:
“The success of the Games doesn’t start and end inside the Games venues - we want to make sure that everyone attending the Games is able to get around the city quickly, safely and easily.
“We are encouraging spectators to walk, cycle, use public transport or use a park-and-ride site to get to venues. The measures in the Traffic Management and Parking plans are integral to making this as easy as possible for spectators.
“We are also committed to making sure that the people who live, work and operate businesses in this fantastic host city are able to go about their days with minimal impact. This is central to all our transport plans.”
Hugh Gillies, Head of Transport Scotland’s 2014 team said:
“Business and journey planning is crucial for organisations in and around the city to ensure they can enjoy all the Games has to offer while still operating as close to usual as possible. This is also key to keeping Glasgow and Scotland moving during the summer.
“The plans being shared by Get Ready Glasgow have been developed in partnership with a number of organisations, including Transport Scotland, and we would encourage anyone who thinks they will be affected to attend one of the business briefing sessions.”
Stuart Patrick, Chief Executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, said:
“We were told that April would be the key month when we would get all the information, and we’re encouraged that details of the specific traffic and transport measures around the Games venues are now being revealed.
“We called some time ago for easy access to information and support as early as is practical, and to that end we’ve had regular meetings with the City Council and the 2014 Organising Committee.
“It’s good that information is being supplied as early as possible, allowing businesses to start to plan their operations during the 11 days of the Games.
“We urge all businesses to really think about their plans and to make full use of the suite of tools available on the getreadyglasgow.com website.”
Glasgow is a city familiar with running large events and local residents and businesses around major venues like Hampden, Celtic Park and Ibrox will already be aware of the impact a large event has on the local area.
However, the Commonwealth Games will be unique - many of the venues will be used across the day and evening, more than one group of spectators may come and go from a venue in any one day and a large number of the venues will host sporting action every day for the full 11 days of the Games.
As a result, the traffic management plans required are, in many cases, different from the plans normally used around existing venues during other types of events.
Further detail on this is available through workshops already under way run for businesses. At these workshops, travel advisors will help businesses understand what this means for them.
A second series of community information events at or near venues are being held in May where residents and businesses will receive more information from Get Ready Glasgow on how they will be affected by the Games. This will include information on local parking arrangements and details on how to get parking permits.
The traffic management plans are the second major transport update to be shared through the Get Ready Glasgow campaign. It follows the publication of the Games Route Network (GRN) which was made available to residents and businesses earlier this month.
Glasgow City Council is investing £4.5million in the GRN, which includes upgrades to CCTV and traffic signals; investment in more variable message signs, and improvements to junctions, signing and lining – all of which will create a legacy for Glasgow’s network after the Games.
The Commonwealth Games will touch the lives of everyone in the city, in some way shape or form. The event will also change how the city functions and operates for its duration. Get Ready Glasgow is the campaign to help people across Glasgow plan ahead for the Games.
Glasgow residents and businesses can sign up at www.getreadyglasgow.com for the latest updates on travel and transport and businesses can also register for the Travel Advice for Business workshops.
Get Ready Glasgow is also on Twitter @getreadyglasgow.