Councillors give green light for bridge Black Cart pedestrian bridge

A purpose-built pedestrian bridge and cycleway that will connect people to a major investment area being developed next to Glasgow Airport has been granted planning permission.

The new crossing over the Black Cart at the south end of Greenock Road will provide a safe route for cyclists and pedestrians to cross the busy junction with Inchinnan Road.

The project is one of a series of infrastructure improvements as part of the £39.1 million Glasgow Airport Investment Area, a 150-acre manufacturing district funded through the Glasgow City Region City Deal.

Planning consent has already been granted for the realignment of Abbotsinch Road and a new link bridge being built over the White Cart.

Two national innovation centres have already been confirmed at the new site, the £65m National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland and the £56m Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre, which will be at the heart of an emerging manufacturing district.

It is anticipated the district will create thousands of new permanent jobs and 365 jobs are required during the construction of the City Deal-funded roads, bridges and cycle routes, which is expected to be completed by 2020.

Renfrewshire Council leader Iain Nicolson said: “For many years now Renfrewshire has played a vital role in Scotland’s manufacturing sector and this is set to grow exponentially as these national innovation centres attract others to base themselves at this fantastic new facility, connected by air, sea and land.”

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