Glasgow paves the way for George Square part-pedestrianisation
January 23 2020
Glasgow City Council is pursuing plans to part-pedestrianise George Square by closing off its east and west sides to all vehicles while banning private cars from arterial routes to the north and south during the day.
This would grant buses, taxis and cyclists continued access to the square at all hours.
A first step toward improving the square will take place this summer with the removal of all surface parking bays by June.
Final designs have not yet been prepared for the new-look square but councillors are thought to favour proceeding with a range of temporary improvements as a stop-gap measure before undertaking a permanent makeover from 2023 as part of its Avenues project.
A council report stated: “The wider regeneration strategy for Glasgow city centre presents various opportunities for George Square which forms a pivotal element of the developing City Centre Strategy. Accordingly, this project is not being developed in isolation. There is a clear opportunity to integrate the George Square design brief with that of the adjacent streets which will benefit from City Deal investment. Both George Street and St Vincent Street are part of the Avenues programme, and design work is due to commence late 2020.”
The changes follow a period of consultation undertaken by the council in partnership with Icecream Architecture which drew over 2,000 responses, the majority of which favoured tighter restrictions on traffic and improved public realm.