GEORGE SQUARE

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Overview

This is a prime location in central Glasgow, with the City Chambers to the east, Queen Street rail station in the northwest and various offices and other businesses around the other sides. The square itself is a large open space which frequently hosts concerts and other events.

Since the roadways round all four sides seem to be called "George Square", we have decided to distinguish the various pavements according to which side of the square they occupy. Since both sides of each are paved, we will call those pavements around the square itself "inner" and those serving businesses an other buildings will be called "outer". For example, the pavement running across the entrance to Queen Street Station and the Millennium Hotel is called the "outer north side" of George Square.

Surrounding Roads

The rectilinear plan of the city centre allows us to define the bounds of the square in terms of the adjoining streets:

In addition, Hannover and North Hannover streets meet the south and north sides of the square, respectively.

Road Crossings

There are pedestrian crossings at each corner of the square, though sadly the accessibility and usability of these for blind/vision impaired people is not consistent. We look forward to the time when all of them have tactile paving and rotating cones which would facilitate safe crossing of these busy roads.

The following details were noted at the time of our survey - September 2004:

Southwest Corner - George Square (North and East) Queen Street (South) St Vincent Place (West)

LOCATION   ACCESSIBILITY
South Arm - Queen Street, between the south side of St Vincent Place and the outer south pavement (east/west) The posts with bush button and rotating cone are south of the crossing - to your right as you cross from St Vincent Place, left as you cross from George Square.
There is no tactile paving at this crossing.
West Arm - St Vincent Place, between the west side of Queen Street and the outer west side of George Square The posts, with push button and rotating cone are west of the crossing; to your left as you cross towards George Square.
There is no tactile paving at this crossing.
North Arm - south end of the inner and outer west side (east/west) The posts, with push button and rotating cone, are north of the crossing - to your left as you cross from the outer to the inner side.
There is no tactile paving at this crossing.
East Arm - between the west end of the outer and inner south pavements The posts, with push button and rotating cone are east of the crossing; to your right as you cross towards the inner pavement.
There is no tactile paving at this crossing.

Northwest Corner - George Square (East and South) West George Street (West) Queen Street Station (North)

LOCATION   ACCESSIBILITY
North Arm (east of Queen Street Station) - outer north side of George Square to the north side of West George Street (east/west) You cross a double road between the Millennium Hotel and Queen Street Station. The posts, with push button and rotating cone, are north of the crossing - to your right as you cross from the Millennium Hotel.
There is no tactile paving at the Millennium Hotel (east) end of this crossing, though there is tactile paving at the Queen Street Station (west) end . There is a raised island, with no tactile paving or pedestrian control between the two halves of this road.
East Arm - west end of the inner and outer north side (north/south) The posts, with push button and rotating cone, are east of the crossing - to your right as you cross from the inner to outer.
There is no tactile paving at this crossing.
South Arm - north end of the inner and outer west side (east/west) The posts, with push button and rotating cone are south of the crossing - to your left as you cross from inner to outer sides.
There is no tactile paving at this crossing.
West Arm - West George Street between Queen Street Station and the outer west side of George Square (north/south) The posts, with push button and rotating cone are west of the crossing - to your right as you cross from Queen Street Station.
There is tactile paving at the Queen Street Station end, but none at the George Square end of this crossing.

North Side, North Hannover Sttreet (North) George Square (East/West)

North Hannover Street is the exit for taxis from Queen Street Station, coming south. Buses can go north on this street.

LOCATION   ACCESSIBILITY
West Arm - outer to inner north side, west of North Hannover Street The posts, with push button and rotating cone are to the west; to your right as you cross from outer to inner pavements.
There is no tactile paving at this crossing.
North Arm - North Hannover Street (east/west) The posts, with push button and rotating cone are north of the crossing; to your left as you cross to the east.
There is no tactile paving at this crossing.
East Arm - outer to inner north side of George Square, east of North Hannover Street The posts, with bush button and rotating cone are east of the crossing; to your left as you cross from outer to inner pavements.
There is no tactile paving at this crossing.

Northeast Corner - George Square (South and West) North Frederick Street (North) George Street (East)

LOCATION   ACCESSIBILITY
North Arm - North Fredrick Street, between the outer north side and the north side of George Street The Posts, with push button and rotating cone are north of the crossing; to your left as you cross towards George Street.
There is no tactile paving at this crossing.
East Arm - George Street, between the north side and the outer east side of George Square The posts, with push button and rotating cone are east of the crossing; to your left as you cross onto the east side of George Square.
There is no tactile paving at this crossing.
South Arm - north end of the inner and outer east side (east/west) The posts, with push button but no rotating cone, are south of the crossing - to your right as you cross from the inner to outer sides.
There is no tactile paving at this crossing.

Southeast Corner - George Square (West and North) Cochraine Street (East) South Frederick Street (South)

LOCATION   ACCESSIBILITY
West Arm - east end of the outer to inner south pavement (north/south) The posts, with push button but no rotating cone, are west of the crossing - to your left as you cross from outer to inner.
There is no tactile paving at this crossing.
North Arm - south end of the inner to the outer east side (east/west) The posts, with push button but no rotating cone, are north of the crossing - to your left as you cross from inner to outer pavements.
There is no tactile paving at this crossing.
East Arm - Cochraine Street, between the outer east side of George Square and the east side of South Frederick Street The posts, with small push button and rotating cone are east of the crossing; to your left as you cross towards South Frederick Street.
There's no tactile paving at this crossing.
South Arm - South Frederick Street, between the south side of Cochraine Street and the outer south side of George Square The posts, with push button and rotating cone are south of the crossing; to your left as you cross towards George Square.
there's no tactile paving at this crossing.

South Side - George Square (East/West) Hannover Street (South)

There is no pedestrian crossing at this junction, traffic flows in both directions along Hannover Street.

Which Side?

  The Outer South Pavement
The Outer East Pavement
The Outer North Pavement
The Outer West Pavement

The Outer South Pavement, Going East from Queen Street

  Greggs, baker, entrance in Queen Street
blank door
Information Centre

Bus stop to left, 609073, serving:

continuing East, Beyond the Information Centre

  Bank of Scotland cash point
entrance to Monteith House, Glasgow Tourist Board and other offices
fire exit from Monteith House

Hannover Street

Continuing East Beyond South Hannover Street

  Post Ofice building, closed
3 Bus stops on left, serving tourist routes
South Frederick Street

The Outer East Pavement, Going North from Cochraine Street

  City Chambers
row of 4 ornate lamp posts, revolving door opposite second and third
George Street

The Outer North Pavement, Going West from North Frederick Street

  George House, Ernst & Young
large stanchions for advertising boards in middle

North Hannover Street

Continuing West, Beyond North Hannover Street

  Millennium Hotel
double slip road between hotel and Queen Street Station

The Outer West Pavement, Going South from West George Street

  various offices

Bus stop, 609074, serving:

Continuing South, Beyond the Bus Stop

  The Counting House, pub, disabled persons access, main entrance in St Vincent Place
St Vincent Place

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