WORK on Sauchiehall Street's new avenues project will be halted for more than two weeks this month.

The contractors are carrying out the groundworks laying the new paving, planting new trees and installing a tree pit drainage system.

The work, however, is stopping later this week for the Glasgow Fair holiday fortnight.

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Much of the pedestrianised section of the street, from Rose Street to Hope Street, has been fenced off this year to allow the work to take place.

The workers will stop work on Thursday and will not be back on the site until Monday, July 29.

(Image: Gordon Terris)

The council will be informing businesses on the street and city centre residents of the shutdown today.

A spokesperson said the temporary stoppage does not affect the scheduled date for completion and most of the work will be finished by the end of 2024.

Council officers will carry out daily checks of the site during the holiday period to ensure there are no issues.

Local businesses or residents who have further questions can contact:

The work, part of the wider city centre Avenues project costing £114 million and funded through the Glasgow Region City Deal with cash from the UK and Scottish Governments is intended to improve the appearance of the famous street but also help the city centre drainage by diverting surface water away from the main sewer drain and allowing greater capacity elsewhere in the city centre.

In the last few days, the work to install the paving stones has begun behind the barriers.

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It is hoped the initial work on that top stretch between Cambridge Street and Rose Street will be complete by this summer.

Work will then move down, towards Hope Street and finally to the junction with West Nile Street.

The trees will be the final piece of work and will be planted early next year.

The Avenues project is funded through the City Deal, meaning the cash is there irrespective of the council budget.