Glasgow City Council have hit back at claims a landmark overhaul of a city centre street is 'discriminatory'.

Representatives from the National Federation of the Blind of the UK (NFBUK) claim that 'clear mistakes' have been made in the design of the Sauchiehall Avenues project, which concluded earlier this year.

The charity have requested a meeting with council bosses over the issues, proposing changes to the layout, highlighting the 'hazardous' new bus stops.

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However, the local authority have defended their work on the Avenues project, saying that groups from those with disabilities, including sensory impairments, have been included in their work.

A council spokesman said: “The design of the Sauchiehall Avenue puts people first, with the specific intent of making it easier for everyone, including all vulnerable road users, to travel to, from, and on the street.

"It should be noted that all of the appropriate and current guidance has been followed at the design stage.

"Sauchiehall Avenue was indeed a pilot scheme and the lessons learned from it will inform the design of the future Avenues, but to describe it as ‘dangerous and discriminatory’ is totally inaccurate and does not help the discussion on the future development of the Avenues.

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"The project has been hailed as a success by local people and businesses, as well as visitors, and is a key component of the regeneration of the Garnethill area.

"Road Safety Audits have been and will continue to be carried out on Sauchiehall Avenue, as part of the monitoring plan for the project which allows for further engagement with vulnerable user groups and will highlight any further refinements that may be required.

"A road safety campaign around the new scheme is also being finalised with public engagement and an information video.

"We are working with a variety of partners, including the Glasgow Disability Alliance and Glasgow City Council’s Sensory Impairment Unit, to develop the design and delivery of the rest of the Avenues in the city centre in the coming years.”

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The council's statement comes after claims by the NFBUK that their members faced dangers from multiple cyclists as a pedestrian on the new Sauchiehall Street.

Sandy Taylor, who is completely blind and a member of the group, said: "Sauchiehall Street has created disability apartheid by design. To call it a healthy street is simply not true.

"Glasgow City Council need an urgent change of heart and a change of policy, and to insist that all future changes are under-pinned on inclusive design principles.

"The only way to achieve this is to ensure that Disabled Peoples Organisations are at the heart of the design process.

"We hope that Glasgow City Council will meet with us and all future street transformations can be put on hold to ensure they are accessible for all."