Renfrewshire Council

OBC's Approved (Dec 2016)

Major infrastructure projects to secure Renfrewshire's long term economic growth have taken a major step forward with the Outline Business Case's (OBC) for all three of Renfrewshire's City Deal projects being approved by the Glasgow City Region Cabinet on 12 December 2016.

With £274m of investment, the three City Deal projects will see the creation of the long-awaited direct rail link between Glasgow Airport, Paisley and Glasgow City Centre, as well as new bridges across the Clyde and Cart rivers and new road and cycle routes.

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

The plans were endorsed by Renfrewshire Council in November 2016 before being given the green light by the Glasgow City Region Cabinet at a meeting in the City Chambers on 12 December 2016.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan, the Glasgow City Region Cabinet Lead for Enterprise, said: "These major infrastructure projects are absolutely crucial for our local and regional economies.

"They are designed to unlock our economic potential by creating a world class business and commercial location with excellent links across the Clyde and into our town and city centres, attracting inward investment and creating jobs for local people.

"It will open up our area to tourism and business, bringing huge benefits both to local communities and across our city region."

He continued: "Being fully integrated within the wider transport network will allow Renfrewshire to play a pivotal role in cementing the Glasgow City Region as Scotland's economic powerhouse.

"Having unparalleled connectivity by land, sea and air will establish our area as a hugely attractive place to do business.

"With the formal approval of the Glasgow City Region Cabinet we have taken another step towards delivering these vital infrastructure improvements and securing long-term, sustainable economic growth."

The three projects within Renfrewshire are seen as key to the Glasgow City Region achieving its stated outcomes for the duration of the City Deal programme.

Among those aims is the generation of around £3.3bn of private sector investment, spreading the benefits of economic growth across the Glasgow City Region and ensuring deprived areas benefit.

They also include creating around 29,000 jobs throughout the region, working with 19,000 unemployed residents and supporting more than 5,500 people back into sustained employment.

The £90.7m Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside (CWRR) project includes a new 'opening' bridge across the Clyde, linking the communities of Renfrew, Clydebank and Yoker.

New roads and cycle routes will be developed to give people better access to employment and education opportunities, as well as to health, entertainment and leisure services.

It accompanies the Glasgow Airport Investment Area (GAIA) project - a £39.1m initiative to generate business growth and attract investment.

Involving the realignment of Abbotsinch Road and the construction of a new bridge across the White Cart, it also includes new cycle routes to improve connections between the Westway, Inchinnan and Airport Business Parks.

The £144m Airport Access Project (AAP) is the flagship project for the £1.13 billion Glasgow City Region City Deal.

It would see a state-of-the-art system transform journeys by using specially designed hybrid tram-trains to deliver the long-awaited direct rail link between Glasgow Airport, Paisley and Glasgow city centre, reducing travelling time and meaning passengers do not have to change trains.

Figures released by the Office of Rail and Road showed how important the railway connections are to passengers travelling in the area.

They revealed Paisley Gilmour Street is the fourth busiest station in Scotland, while Glasgow Central Station is the busiest in the UK outside of London.

The tram-train model was chosen as the preferred option for the direct rail link after an appraisal established it offered the greatest opportunity of encouraging people to travel to and from the airport via public transport.