Port Glasgow's New Spur Road Contracted
One of the priority projects identified in Port Glasgow’s charrette and subsequent masterplan is set to bring a new lease of life to Port Glasgow town centre.
Among the initiatives identified within the masterplan was the restructuring of the town centre layout - the initial key element of which being the creation of a gateway spur from the A8 trunk road. This will mean a new exit off the roundabout located at the eastern access to Tesco to allow traffic to enter the town centre directly from the A8.
Following a review and road design by Scotland Transerv, legal agreements are being concluded by Transport Scotland and Inverclyde Council to allow Riverside Inverclyde to contract with the successful tenderer, RJ McLeod Ltd. The pre-start meeting will be held on 18th April, following which a project timeline will be considered, with a site start expected within a couple of months following.
The gateway spur project will open the way for the subsequent Port Glasgow town centre masterplan projects that will restructure the town centre layout with two new civic squares and further activities that would secure a new civic quarter, placing focus on the town hall, in an overall regeneration programme funded from contributions of £1.6m by Riverside Inverclyde, and £852,200 from the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund.
The overall aims of the programme are to re-define Port Glasgow town centre as a Clyde waterfront town. It will also restructure retail space and create a new sense of place and confidence associated with civic spaces based on safe, accessible and quality urban design.
Riverside Inverclyde Acting Chief Executive Fiona Maguire said:
“This is the first major project to get underway from the successful Port Glasgow Town Centre charrette process that was embraced by the local residents and businesses, and we are delighted to be starting to deliver the priority projects that the community identified”.
The spur road project is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2017.