Parts of George Square could be fully pedestrianised in 2020

The plans are estimated to cost between £8m and £10m.

Parts of George Square could be fully pedestrianised in 2020

The east and west sides of George Square could be fully pedestrianised as early as this summer, after proposals moved a step closer to approval.

The north and south sides would become public transport and cycling corridors, as part of the plans which are estimated to cost between £8m and £10m.

The move would be a temporary feature around the time of the European Championships, with permanent works expected to progress in 2023, when the square will be used for the UCI Cycling Championships.

The proposals were considered at a Glasgow City Council committee on Tuesday and will now go to the city administration committee on February 6 for approval to proceed.

The findings follow a public consultation, which saw a consensus for change at George Square from people in Glasgow.

Key themes of which were a reduction in traffic or an element of pedestrianisation, a more sustainable space and a place to sit or relax.

Council leader Susan Aitken said: “The consultation findings echo what our citizens routinely tell us, that something clearly has to change with George Square.

“I’m really encouraged that there is consensus on many key elements.

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“The public conversations we have facilitated tell us our people want a greener square with less traffic, a space of high design quality and which continues to function as it traditionally has done, as a space for Glaswegians to gather.

“Our task now is to respond to that, respecting the square’s history and place in Glasgow life, whilst delivering a civic space which is both attractive and cherished and reflects our status as a European city.”

The delivery of the redeveloped George Square is proposed to be part of a wider avenues programme in the city centre.

Additionally, the intention is to create a pedestrian connection and public realm on Hanover Street and Millar Street to connect the Argyle Street and St Vincent Street Avenues.