THE new Clydeside pop-up cycle lane is now completed and ready for use - just in time for the weekend.

Work on the new lane, which runs for 1.5miles between Saltmarket and the Clyde Arc, started on Tuesday, May 12 and is now finished.

And council bosses have said they have also now put in a bid for £10 million funding to the national Spaces for People scheme by Sustrans.

Glasgow's bid has focused on securing financial backing for physical distancing measures in the city centre and neighbourhoods and also along cycle routes.

Councillor Anna Richardson said: "I'm so pleased that the new pop-up lane by the Clyde has become ready for use in a matter of a days.

"The covid-19 crisis is not going away any time soon and so we are moving as quickly as possible to provide reassurance that people can move around the city safely.

"Additional space for cycling along the route will also help walkers and wheelers to remain physically distant along the riverside and help stop the spread of covid-19.

"Everyone involved deserves huge credit for the speed with which the new lane has been delivered but we are still only at the beginning of the city's Space for Distancing project.

"This is a much wider initiative that also aims to support economic recovery by creating safe public spaces across the city for businesses and their customers.

"Plans are being drawn together rapidly and we hope to see these plans taking shape on the ground as soon as possible."

The new lane will ease pressure on the shared space Clyde Walkway, which has a number of pinch points and has remained a place for exercise and active travel during lockdown.

Intended for westbound travel only, the lane also utilises a stretch of the Fastlink bus lane and will also offer a temporary solution to the closure of the walkway at Lancefield Quay following the fire there in December last year.