Glasgow City Council has unveiled plans to consider a new travel strategy after receiving a report which puts women at the heart of safer, better city parks and buses.

The council’s response comes as Young Women Lead, a group established by YWCA Scotland to increase younger female political participation, published its report, Glasgow: A Feminist City? which looks at ways to change parks and buses to make them safer by embracing a ‘feminist town planning’ approach.

Proposals include introducing a women’s bus service at night, creating a new single ticket for all modes of public transport, cutting down park hedges and increasing lighting at bus stops and in open spaces.

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The research began around the time the case of 33-year-old marketing executive Sarah Everard – who was kidnapped, raped and murdered in London – rose to national prominence.

Young Women Lead has sent a letter to the council asking for a response to its proposals in order to actively engage with the town planning system in Glasgow.

Glasgow City Council’s response said there was a need to consider the report in more detail. .

But the council revealed it had begun a consultation on a travel strategy which considers some of the concerns the report looks into.

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A spokesperson for Glasgow City Council said: “Clearly we wish to consider this report in more detail before providing a substantive response.

“Community safety is a key consideration in wide range of our work in everything from street lighting to how we manage open spaces.

“We have also just opened a consultation on a new active travel strategy for the city and elements of that strategy are reflected in concerns highlighted by Young Women Lead.

“As part of the development of a more sustainable transport system for the city, it is anticipated there will be a shift from private to public modes of transport and a focus on safety is part of this work.”

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