Paisley High Street to open again to traffic this summer Paisley High Street to open again to traffic this summer
Paisley High Street will be opened to traffic again – for the first time in almost 20 years. Renfrewshire Council are opening it a bid... Paisley High Street to open again to traffic this summer

Paisley High Street will be opened to traffic again – for the first time in almost 20 years.

Renfrewshire Council are opening it a bid to breathe new life into the town centre.

The High Street was pedestrianised in 1997, which at the time was unpopular.

The pedestrianised section of Paisley Town Centre will be opened to traffic in the evenings and overnight from the end of July at County Place, Gilmour Street and the High Street between 6.30pm and 6.30am.

Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “It has been something of a long and winding road, dating back to 2013, to be allowed to make this change with a public hearing followed by discussions with Scottish Ministers.

“But we have remained committed to our plan which has had strong support from local business.

“Now we have received confirmation from Transport Scotland and are looking forward to seeing the benefits in action.

“Improving vehicle access is a key part of our plans to bring people – whether residents or visitors – back into Paisley town centre to boost the developing night-time economy.

“Renfrewshire Council has made the regeneration of our traditional town centres one of our key priorities.

“There is widespread recognition that our innovative heritage-led regeneration strategy has the potential to transform Renfrewshire’s fortunes.

“There have already been some significant successes in our efforts to develop investment, jobs and tourism.”