Ministers of the Scottish Government announced that they have approved the Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside Project on Friday 16 November 2018.
The new project is expected to create more than 2,300 jobs and inject £867 million to the regional economy, making it one of the top performing economic growth projects in the Glasgow City Regional Deal.
The £1.13 billion City Deal is an agreement between the UK Government, Scottish Government and eight local authorities. They plan to deliver improved infrastructure, create new jobs, tackle unemployment and drive innovation and growth.
Construction will see the first open road bridge over the River Clyde, linking Renfrew and Yoker. The bridge is designed by leading engineering consultancy Sweco working in partnership with Kettle Collective. Kettle Collective are the award-winning architects behind the design of the Falkirk Wheel.
The project has already helped 8,085 people across the region into jobs through a pioneering youth gateway programme that includes 45 in Renfrewshire.
Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “This is fantastic news for the entire city region and for Scotland.
“The completed project and subsequent regeneration has the potential to deliver a significant economic boost to the Glasgow City region.
“It builds on the development of the new manufacturing district which will bring thousands of new high skilled jobs and training opportunities to Renfrewshire and the wider region and help secure the future of Scotland’s vital manufacturing industry.”
The crossing will also improve access to employment, education, health and leisure for communities on both sides of the river. There will also be increased access for businesses, meaning more customer and suppliers.
New roads, walkways and cycle routes will be developed in a 150-acre site next to Glasgow Airport. This will become a manufacturing district and has already attracted the eye of two national innovation centres. The National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland and a major centre revolutionising medicines manufacturing are keen to get involved.
Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside is one of three Glasgow City Region City Deal-funded projects in Renfrewshire. The Glasgow Airport Investment Area project will deliver the underpinning infrastructure behind the new manufacturing district. The Airport Access Project creates a direct rail link between Glasgow Airport, Paisley Gilmour Street and Glasgow Central Station.
There has been a strong support for the project from the public during extensive two year engagement, with surveys showing 90 percent backing for the plans.