Renfrewshire Council

Clyde Waterfront River Clyde crossing

Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside

We are regenerating the Clyde waterfront with a new road bridge over the River Clyde at Renfrew and connecting roads, cycling and walking routes.

This will create an attractive waterfront area, connecting communities to their work, health education and leisure facilities and attracting new jobs and developments to the riverside.

It will also see better access for businesses and suppliers to Scotland's home of manufacturing innovation AMIDS. The project is called Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside and it is funded through the Glasgow City Region City Deal.

Waterfront flythrough

Clyde waterfront construction

Planning consent is in place and the design and construction is expected to take around three years to complete.

Civil engineering specialist GRAHAM has been appointed as the principal contractor and construction is underway.

You can keep up-to-date with construction, read the latest contractor newsletters and find out more about sub-contractor opportunities on the GRAHAM website where there is also a subscription service for email updates.

River Clyde road bridge

Construction includes a two-lane road bridge across the River Clyde for vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists and opening for passing ships. Spanning 184-metres from Renfrew to the boundary between Glasgow and West Dunbartonshire, new bridge approach roads will connect to the crossing from close to Lobnitz Dock, Renfrew on the south side, to the boundary between Yoker and Clydebank on the north side, connecting with Dock Street.

The bridge doesn't have a name yet. Its design draws on the area's rich shipbuilding heritage and will use a cable stay system similar to the Queensferry Crossing, a twin-leaf design with each leaf opening and closing horizontally. Most commercial ships travel on the river during high tide, which happens once during the day and once during the night. When this happens, the bridge will be closed to road traffic for around 40 minutes and signs nearby will provide at least three hours advance notice of any closure.

Renfrew North Development Road

A 750m long road will connect the bridge to the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS), linking Meadowside Street to Argyll Avenue in Renfrew. Its alignment has been chosen to minimise impact on the Blythswood and the new road will reduce the volume of Renfrew town centre traffic.

Walking and cycling routes

There will be new walking and cycling routes alongside all new roads through Renfrew and across the bridge, connecting to Yoker train station and the national cycling network. We are also improving access to the Clyde footpath, linking it better to Inchinnan Road and opening up parts along the route.

Project benefits

Jobs and business growth

The project will help to create jobs, generate vital work for local suppliers and accelerate recovery from the economic impact of Covid-19.

  • Around 700 jobs will support the project construction 
  • Local suppliers will be able to bid for all subcontract and supplier work over £10,000
  • Apprenticeships, work experience placements, school and college visits will be included in the construction contract.
  • Some 1,400 permanent jobs and 950 temporary construction roles could follow from the estimated £230million in private sector investment attracted to both sides of the Clyde
  • Access will be improved to development sites and businesses based here will gain access to a bigger customer and supplier base throughout Renfrewshire, Clydebank, Glasgow and the wider Glasgow City Region.
  • It will also help realise the full potential of Scotland's manufacturing innovation district AMIDS which we are developing next to Glasgow Airport, attracting more companies to locate here.

Artist impression of the regenerated Clyde waterfront at Renfrew Vibrant waterfront

We want to celebrate the importance of the River Clyde and the new bridge, walking and cycling routes and landscaping will improve the look and feel along the waterfront.

  • Communities in Renfrew, Clydebank, Yoker and the wider city region will be better connected to their places of work and to local hospitals, education centres and leisure opportunities close to the Clyde waterfront.
  • The new routes will reduce congestion and shorten journey times, improving public transport reliability.
  • We know how important woodland areas are for natural habitat and wildlife and the project will not facilitate development access to the Blythswood, safeguarding the woodland by treating and removing non-native invasive species and removing diseased trees.
  • Renfrew town centre air quality will be improved, creating a more pleasant environment.
  • Where localised tree removal is required, replacement planting along the new road and along the White Cart river at the nearby manufacturing district will result in a larger area of publicly accessible woodland.