After months of talks, plans today were approved to completely pedestrianise Albert Square in the city centre.
The pedestrianisation, which Manchester council's planning team are fully behind, will remove the roads that currently run past the town hall and around the square.
The whole Albert Square area will then undergo a huge refurbishment in a bid to make the spot one of Europe’s ‘finest spaces’.
The project, which has an estimated completion date of 2023, will cost £13 million and will see dozens of trees planted outside the town hall and cobbles restored.
The scheme goes hand in hand with the current large-scale restoration of the town hall building – which is having its roof and windows replaced, getting new ramps and having new visitor spots implemented.
And to ensure the space is a popular but safe communal area at all hours of the day, the council are implementing plenty of new lights and CCTV cameras.
The new site will ‘celebrate the history and heritage of Manchester, providing space for its people to come together’.
Find out what the council has planned for both the town hall and Albert Square, in much more detail, on the council website here.
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