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Renfrewshire - Glasgow City Region City Deal


Renfrewshire's three infrastructure projects work across local authority boundaries and total £274 million investment

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The Glasgow Airport Access Project (AAP)

This is the City Deal's flagship project and it emphasises the importance of Renfrewshire's role in the future economic success of the region.

The project will provide a direct link between Glasgow Central Station and Glasgow Airport, stopping at Paisley Gilmour Street station. This will make it easier for passengers to get to the airport, help local employees to get to work there, and improve access for other businesses in the area.

The AAP will support the growth of the airport. Crowned UK Airport of the Year 2015, its continuing success and expansion is vital to the wider economy of the City Region and to Renfrewshire's economic development.

The new link will support the increase in the numbers of passengers who use the airport by offering better connections to all areas of the City Region by improving links to the wider transport network.

The project is expected to create jobs during its construction period in addition to longer-term posts in operating and maintaining the new service. Its most substantial and lasting benefit will be in the jobs, business growth and inward investment that result from Renfrewshire's improved connectivity and resulting inward investment.

The AAP will consolidate and extend the benefits of the other two infrastructure projects in Renfrewshire; the Glasgow Airport Investment Area and the Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside. It will help to open up the City Region, allowing the city to grow and also unlocking Renfrewshire's economic potential.

The £144m AAP, will be delivered jointly by Glasgow City and Renfrewshire Councils and involve key stakeholders including Glasgow Airport, Transport Scotland and Network Rail. Construction is expected to start in 2021 with services operational in 2025.

The Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside Project

The Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside project will see the construction of a new 'opening' bridge across the River Clyde and the Renfrew Northern Development Road.

The bridge, which will carry vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists, will create an important new connection between the communities and businesses on either side of the river. This will increase the potential for economic growth as businesses gain access to increased numbers of customers and suppliers. It will also give local people new travel options to employment opportunities, centres of education, health and leisure throughout Renfrewshire, Glasgow and the wider City Region.

Roads and other key infrastructure will improve access to land which is currently underused or derelict in the local area; unlocking the potential for regeneration and new development to follow.

The completed project and the following regeneration and business growth will create an attractive, vibrant and sustainable addition to Renfrewshire's existing communities.

Together, with the other City Deal initiatives, the Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside Project will create opportunities for transformational change in Renfrewshire, resulting in: improved business conditions, employment opportunities; and the removal of barriers to gaining employment.

The Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside project has a £78m budget and is programmed to be complete by 2020.

The Glasgow Airport Investment Area

The Glasgow Airport Investment Area project will create a world class business and commercial location right in the heart of Renfrewshire.

It is difficult to overestimate the importance of Glasgow Airport to the City Region economy and to Renfrewshire. More than 8 million passengers use it each year, supporting more than 7,300 jobs across Scotland (5,200 of which are within Renfrewshire) and bringing £200 million annually into the economy.

The Glasgow Airport Investment Area has the potential to become a powerhouse of economic growth for Renfrewshire and the Glasgow City Region; being close to the M8, and to key commercial sites such as the Airport, Westway and Inchinnan Business Parks, and the town centres of Paisley and Renfrew.

To realise that potential, the project will deliver infrastructure and environmental improvements, including: two new bridges across the White Cart; a new 'Gateway' route between Paisley Town Centre and the Airport; and improved infrastructure for  vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians.

As well as enabling the continued growth and expansion of the airport and surrounding businesses, this investment in infrastructure will help to make Renfrewshire a more attractive, vibrant and sustainable place to live and work.

The Infrastructure works associated with the Glasgow Airport Investment Area are anticipated to cost £51m and will be complete by 2020.


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