WORK has started on a £3.2m transformation of Greenock's high street with construction set to last until autumn. 

Sections of West Blackhall Street and Nicolson Street - as well as the entirety of Westburn Street - are closed while work to improve the streetscape takes place.

Large barriers have been put up around the street and pavement while workmen use heavy machinery to excavate the area.

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West Blackhall Street is shut from its junction with Westburn Street to its junction with Nicolson Street, while Nicolson Street is shut from its junction with West Blackhall Street to its junction with West Stewart Street. 

This set of closures, which are to facilitate the initial phase of construction works, will be in place until March 27, with the overall programme of works set to last through until autumn this year. 

The project aims to create a vibrant area which is accessible for all with additional space for pedestrians and cyclists. 

It is also hoped that the initiative will add new public realm areas with extra seating and trees to enhance the environment whilst maintaining vehicle access. 

The street will be opened up with existing roads layouts replaced with a single one-way system straight through from Westburn Street to Grey Place to simplify access for cars and parking down one side of the street only.