PLANS to transform George Square that could see it become car free are expected within weeks.

Susan Aitken, Glasgow City Council leader, said there was support for traffic in the square to be reduced.

The council has been carrying out an engagement process where people have been asked their opinion of the square, what they would like to see it used for in the future.

The result could be a fully pedestrianised square, a car free square with public transport access or partially car free with two sides closed to traffic.

Making city centre spaces more pedestrian friendly was a recommendation of the Connectivity Commission, which called for a hierarchy of travel. With pedestrians given the greatest priority, followed by cycling and public transport with private car use afforded the lowest priority.

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Speaking at the State of the City Economy Conference, Ms Aitken said the council would listen to the opinions expressed

Ms Aitken said: “In recent months, we have engaged in a public consultation regarding the future of George Square.

“It’s clear people want our main square to be an accessible, people-centred civic destination and there is overwhelmingly support to significantly reduce traffic in the Square.

“That is a message we will act upon and in the weeks ahead will publish our response.

“Taken with the new Queen Street Station – which looks more impressive by the week – within a few years Glasgow will have the civic space it has long deserved.”

Ms Aitken said that the changes made to Sauchiehall Street, between Charing Cross and the pedestrian precinct, with the pavement widened on the north side of the street to include seating and a cycle lane, with fewer space for cars is a model for change in the city centre.

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She said: “The completion of the Sauchiehall Street Avenues Project is an example of what the application of placemaking principles can achieve.

“As well as making our streets more vibrant and healthier, the Avenues programme is a lynchpin of our plans to remedy the legacy of our high-carbon past and progress towards a greener, more sustainable economy.”

Currently cars cannot access the square from the West George Street side during daytime.

The new bus gates at Union Street and Oswald Street make it more difficult to enter from Queen Street. Cars can approach from North Hanover Street and Cochrane Street

The future uses of the square are also up for debate.

In recent history there has been more events in the square including the Christmas market and events to co-incide with major events in the city like the Commonwealth Games, European football finals and other more regular occasions like the Pipe Band Championships.

Whether that should continue will be up for debate and if so, how the square should be reconfigured to accommodate events will need to be planned.

The City Council is expected to respond to the consultation this month and then look to draw up plans that will require further consultation.