Renfrewshire Council

Infrastructure plans set out to secure Renfrewshire's long-term economic growth

Plans to secure the long term economic growth of the area were set out today in proposals for a £274 million investment in new infrastructure projects.

Councillors will next week consider plans for the three major infrastructure projects that are set to benefit Renfrewshire under funding secured as part of the Glasgow City Region City Deal.

The ambitious Glasgow Airport Access Project, Glasgow Airport Investment Area and Clyde Waterfront & Renfrew Riverside projects will go before Renfrewshire Council members on Wednesday (30 November) before being considered by the Glasgow City Region Cabinet in December.

The projects are intended to significantly boost the local economy by attracting investment, supporting businesses and creating jobs.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan, who holds the Glasgow City Region Cabinet's enterprise portfolio, said:

"These major infrastructure projects will bring huge benefits to Renfrewshire and across our city region. We want to create an attractive business location that offers unparalleled connectivity by land, sea and air, with excellent links across the Clyde and to our town and city centres. Together these projects will open up the area to tourism and businesses."

"With Renfrewshire fully integrated within the wider transport network it would play a pivotal role in cementing the Glasgow City Region as the economic powerhouse of Scotland, bringing benefits not only to local communities but to the rest of Scotland as well.

"Setting out our plans today provides a clear timetable for delivery to ensure we can bring these projects forward for the benefit of all our communities, unlocking the area's economic potential, bringing inward investment and creating jobs for local people."

The £39.1m Glasgow Airport Investment Area project would develop a world class business and commercial location right in the heart of Renfrewshire.

It includes plans for the realignment of Abbotsinch Road, a new bridge across the White Cart, and new cycle routes, all aimed at improving connections between the Westway, Inchinnan and Airport Business Parks and as an enabler for the delivery of a world class business and commercial offering centred around the airport.

The Clyde Waterfront & Renfrew Riverside project would see the construction of a new opening bridge across the River Clyde.

This £90.7m project would better link the communities of Renfrew, Yoker and Clydebank, with new roads and cycle routes giving people improved access to employment, education, health and leisure locations.

Plans for the £144m Glasgow Airport Access Project were also set out today (Thursday 24 Nov), outlining the creation of a hybrid tram-train system to provide the long sought-after direct rail link between Glasgow Airport, Paisley and Glasgow City Centre.

Bob Grant, Chief Executive of Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, said:

"A direct rail link is crucial to allow our companies to compete more effectively. Glasgow Airport is a key economic driver for the whole of Renfrewshire and greater Glasgow. Our most important asset needs an effective transport infrastructure which will allow businesses to service new markets, attract and retain staff and maintain a competitive advantage.

"We are delighted to see these plans evolve and the demand from the business community is clear - three quarters of companies surveyed said this link would boost their sales or turnover.

"The City Deal investment for Renfrewshire as a whole will make a significant difference in supporting our long term economic growth and ensure we remain competitive in attracting jobs to the area."

The plans for the Glasgow Airport Investment Area and Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside projects have been informed by public consultations conducted earlier this summer.

A series of engagement events for these two projects will now take place to give people the chance to meet the project team and ask questions they may have regarding the initiatives.

Paisley Town Hall will hold an engagement event on Tuesday 6 December and a second will be held at Renfrew Town Hall on Wednesday 7 December.       

As the proposed opening bridge linking the communities of Renfrew, Yoker and Clydebank that forms part of the Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside (CWRR) project affects communities north of the river, events will also take place at Yoker Community Campus on Monday 5 December and at Clydebank Town Hall on Thursday 8 December.

All four engagement events will be open from 11am to 7pm.

Anyone attending the events will also be able to see a video of plans for the separate Glasgow Airport Access Project, which will be considered alongside Renfrewshire's other two City Deal projects by Councillors at Renfrewshire's Leadership Board on 30 November then by the Glasgow City Region Cabinet on 13 December.