Hundreds of people turned out to hear about ambitious plans to secure Renfrewshire’s long-term economic future.
Public engagement events saw residents and visitors meet teams working deliver the major infrastructure projects within Renfrewshire, which are funded by a £274 million investment through the Glasgow City Region City Deal.
The plans to boost the area’s economy mean Renfrewshire has more to celebrate than ever this festive season.
They include creating a new opening bridge across the Clyde, a world-class business and commercial location in the heart of Renfrewshire, and a hybrid tram-train system providing a direct rail link between Glasgow Airport, Paisley and Glasgow City Centre.
Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan, the Glasgow City Region Cabinet Lead for Enterprise, said: “There is great interest in these ambitious plans and it’s no surprise people are eager to see how they will take shape.
“Each of these projects will benefit people in every community within Renfrewshire and across our wider city region.
“They will give Renfrewshire residents better access to jobs, education opportunities and health, entertainment and leisure facilities, while also giving businesses based here better access to their customers.”
He continued: “Offering excellent transport links to our town and city centres, to other parts of Scotland and to the rest of the world will make this area an incredibly attractive commercial location.
“It will open up Renfrewshire and the rest of the Glasgow City Region to both tourism and business, unlocking our economic potential.
“This will attract investment, create jobs for local people, and cement our place as Scotland’s economic powerhouse.”
The public engagement events were held in Paisley, Renfrew, Clydebank and Yoker over four days.
Hundreds of visitors attended the events and spoke to staff delivering the projects, with around 160 completing an official survey.
The communities north of the river were included as they will also benefit from the new bridge spanning the Clyde, delivered through the £90.7 million Clyde Waterfron and Renfrew Riverside project.
It accompanies the Glasgow Airport Investment Area project – a £39.1 million initiative to generate business growth and attract inward investment.
Including the realignment of Abbotsinch Road, a new bridge across the White Cart and new cycle routes, it will improve connections between the Westway, Inchinnan and Airport Business Parks to deliver a world class commercial offering centred around the airport.
A further £144 million has been earmarked for the Glasgow Airport Access Project, providing the long sought-after direct rail link between Glasgow Airport, Paisley and Glasgow City Centre.
This is the City Deal’s flagship project and will see the development of a new light rail spur, with hybrid tram-trains using both this and the existing railway network.
All three projects were approved by Renfrewshire Council in November with funding green-lit by the Glasgow City Region Cabinet earlier this month (December).