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First opening bridge across Clyde gets green light

Clyde waterfront and renfew riverside bridge 3to2

The first opening road bridge across the River Clyde has been granted planning permission by the Scottish Government.

The 184m long twin leaf, cable stayed, swing bridge will have two lanes in either direction and a 3m wide shared cycleway on the west side and a 2m wide footway on the east.

It is part of a wider £90.7M Clyde Waterfront & Renfrew Riverside project which it is hoped will regenerate both side of the river bank and inject around £867M into the local economy.

The bridge is being designed by consultant Sweco working with architect Kettle Collective. Tendering for the construction contract will now start with work on the bridge expected to start at the end of 2019 and be complete in 2022.

“This is fantastic news for the entire city region and for Scotland,” said Renfrewshire Council leader Iain Nicolson. “The completed project and subsequent regeneration has the potential to deliver a significant economic boost to the Glasgow City region.

“Current businesses will gain access to more customers and suppliers, while new companies and developers will be attracted to locate to the regenerated waterfront.

“Communities on both sides of the Clyde will benefit from greatly improved access to their work, to education and to hospitals through the new connections which will also help reduce congestion and improve journey times.”

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