Renfrewshire Council

Building better connections at Scotland's manufacturing district

Our City Deal and Infrastructure team get the green light for new riverside route plans

Group photo of City Deal and Infrastructure team "We've had strong support from the public for the new transport links, and businesses along the route will also benefit greatly with better access for customers and suppliers," says Norman Yardley, strategic programme manager.

After securing an impressive £38.7million from the UK Government's Levelling Up Fund, Norman and colleagues from our City Deal and Infrastructure team have been working hard to develop a series of transport connection improvements between Paisley town centre and the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS) next to Glasgow Airport.

*Above from left to right: Jack Lochans - programme manager, Norman Yardley - strategic programme manager, Caitlin Martin - assistant project manager, Rebecca Park - procurement category manager, Marc Queen - senior technical officer and Natalie Thorne - project manager

Planning consent has recently been granted for:

  • A 1.7 kilometre gateway route along the White Cart river from Abercorn Street to Inchinnan Road
  • A road bridge at the former Paisley harbour
  • An east-west road from Renfrew Road to the bridge crossing
  • Dedicated walking and cycling along all new routes
  • An underpass beneath Renfrew Road to Gallowhill Road

The team expect the completed works to attract an additional £136million into the local economy and cut carbon emissions by more than 4,200 tonnes.

Now planning consent is in place, the team are developing detailed designs and engaging with businesses, residents and communities along the routes, with the connections expected to be in place by 2025.

"It's all about improving the connections for people either side of the White Cart River," Norman explained. "As well as opening up access to the new jobs and opportunities at AMIDS, the new transport links will make it much easier for people to reach their work, studies and leisure pursuits."

Read more about the AMIDS South transport links project.

Published on Thursday 16 February 2023.