Car ban as George Square in Glasgow to be pedestrianised

Councillors approve plan to completely transform Glasgow's civic centre.

George Square is set for a facelift.
George Square is set for a facelift.

Work to pedestrianise George Square in Glasgow is to get under way after plans were approved by councillors.

Two sides of the square will be completely closed to traffic, while the others will be open to public transport only.

All parking will be removed around the square and public spaces will be provided with “more greening”, such as flowers and trees.

Glasgow City Council said it was now drawing up a detailed “design strategy” to transform the civic square.

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Construction works are likely to begin after the city hosts the UCI Cycling World Championships in summer 2023.

Council leader Susan Aitken said: “We can now begin work on the redevelopment of George Square to deliver the changes that the people of Glasgow have told us they want. 

“Throughout this process, we will continue to engage with everyone with a stake in the square to create a civic space we can all enjoy and be proud of.”