Council unveils details of £1.1billion city scheme

DETAILS have emerged of the schemes to benefit from a £1.1billion cash boost to Glasgow and surrounding areas.

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David Cameron shows how we revealed the cash injection for Glasgow and surrounding areas
David Cameron shows how we revealed the cash injection for Glasgow and surrounding areas

Prime Minister David Cameron and the Scottish Government have each agreed to invest £500million in improving infrastructure in the Clyde Valley area. Local authorities will contribute a further £130m.

A total of 20 schemes are set to benefit from the cash.

More than £144m has been earmarked for a new Glasgow Airport rail link.

Council bosses say delivering a direct link to the airport could benefit all of Scotland through improved access to the transport hub.

Public realm in Glasgow city centre is in line for improvements costing more than £199m.

Glasgow City Council says substantial work is needed throughout the city centre and the cash would result in new traffic management schemes, bus priority lanes and a better cycling network.

A report says: "This would build on significant local improvements in the lead up to the Common-wealth Games and will deliver public realm improvements and improved access to employment via the final phase of the East End Regeneration Route."

Almost £114m has been set aside for improvements to Govan and the River Clyde waterfront.

The report says: "Iden-tified as a national priority, there are opportunities to build on the creative quarter of Pacific Quay, the SECC, Riverside Museum and the SSE Hydro.

"Further development will improve transport links, regenerate sites and river quay improvements.

"The further regener-ation of this area will tackle issues of deprivation."

A further £78m will be spent on a road linking to a river crossing between Renfrew and Yoker.

The report added: "This would improve connectivity and unlock development potential, taking advantage of the economic opportun-ities presented by the proximity to Glasgow Airport."

More than £51m is earmarked for opening up and improving access to new economic development sites close to the airport.

Almost £120m has been identified to improve roads and bus services in North and South Lanarkshire.

Glasgow and East Renfrewshire will work together on a £44m project to develop the M77 corridor through junction improve-ments, a green bus lane and new park-and-ride facilities.

Almost £46m will be spent on 19 watercourses to open up sites for economic development.

Up to 1842 hectares of land will be upgraded by reducing flood risks and improving habitats and river quality.

Around £27m will be spent completing the Collegelands masterplan, upgrading High Street station and on Barras' public realm improvements.

The investment will provide new office space, parking facilities, student accommodation for nearby Strathclyde University and public transport links.

More than £62m will be spent upgrading Stewart-field Way to full dual carriageway from the junc-tion of the A726 Glasgow Southern orbital to a new junction with the A725 east of Whirlies roundabout.

A new link road will be built from the A775 with extended park-and-ride facilities, new walking and cycling routes, a freight park and infrastructure for bus services.

THE report says: "Businesses have identified lack of access to key sites as a barrier for employment.

"This project would improve access to employ-ment sites along the A8/M8 corridor."

Land remediation, access works and piers upgrading costing £9.4m at Inchgreen port will allow for a mixed- use port with manufact-uring and marine leisure developments.

Almost £4m will be spent at Inverkip to allow the former power station to be redeveloped into a site for economic, residential and leisure developments.

Roads in Gartcosh will be improved at a cost of almost £44m to support business park regeneration.

More than £14m will be spent extending the quay and developing derelict land at Greenock Ocean Terminal.

Land will be released at East Kilbride, Hamilton and Newton at a cost of £62.3m creating the potential for 6000 homes.

A new £21.6m bypass will be built at Cathkin, with improved pedestrian and cycling routes.

Work will be carried out at the 81-acre former Esso Petroleum site near the Glasgow to Dumbarton railway at a cost of £28m. It will involve improving road access and junctions, decontamination works and provide services.

The report says: "Redevelopment of this site has the potential to bring significant investment to the area."


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