Almost £40 million from the UK Government’s Levelling Up Fund will connect Paisley to a new manufacturing hub near Glasgow Airport.

Scottish Conservative MSP Russell Findlay says the cash boost from Chancellor Rishi Sunak could lead to a “jobs bonanza” for Renfrewshire.

The Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS) is set to bring a “manufacturing revolution” to the area as home to the new National Manufacturing Institute Scotland and Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre.

In his recent budget, the Chancellor announced £38.7million of direct funding to help build AMIDS transport links.

The money will provide around 90% of the funding required to develop a network of road, cycling and walking links between Paisley Gilmour Street train station and the bus interchange, Glasgow Airport, AMIDS and onto Inchinnan.

The believed the investment will help Renfrewshire and the wider Scottish economy bounce back after lockdown by making well-paid and high-skill local jobs more accessible. The AMIDS gateway cash is the third largest cash allocation of 105 UK-wide Levelling Up projects.

The new transport links will also provide an environmental boost by cutting an estimated 21,700 tonnes of carbon emissions.

But the funding route has been controversial, with the Scottish Government accusing the Treasury of undermining devolution by siphoning funds to councils rather than delivering them through the Scottish Parliament.

Scottish Conservative MSP for West Scotland, Russell Findlay said: “Rishi Sunak’s multi-million pound investment in this transport infrastructure could lead to a jobs bonanza for Renfrewshire.

“This huge sum of money will connect residents in and around Paisley to the exciting new AMIDS hub, which is expected to provide fantastic high-skilled and well-paid employment opportunities.

“Renfrewshire is open for business and raring to go. It is testament to the skills, drive and determination of our people that we can attract investment of this scale.

“To secure the third-largest funding from the UK Government’s Levelling Up fund is fantastic.”

Renfrewshire Council leader, SNP councillor Iain Nicolson, said on Twitter: “Delighted to receive official letter tonight confirming Levelling Up Fund award of the full £38 million.

“This will transform Paisley Harbour, Abercorn Street with improved connections to Glasgow Airport and our Advance Manufacturing site which is currently under construction.”