White Cart can unlock Paisley’s economic potential

Friday April 26th, 2019

A project to build new bridges and connections across the White Cart river in Paisley is aiming to unlock the town’s economic potential.Government Opportunities

Flowing through the town centre, the White Cart passes Paisley Abbey out to Glasgow Airport in the north of the town, before joining the River Clyde.

Now it is the focus of development proposals to improve connections between the town centre and the airport that could create 450 new jobs and bolster the local economy by an additional £200million.

The plans have been developed to link investment in the town’s cultural venues with a major manufacturing centre of excellence anticipated to bring thousands of jobs to the region.

A report to Renfrewshire Council’s Leadership Board details the Strategic Business Case for building new connections along the White Cart corridor, including a ‘gateway’ road bridge at Paisley Harbour and an east-west road link from Renfrew Road to the edge of the river.

Also included in the £40million project, titled Glasgow Airport Investment Area South, are new pedestrian and cycle routes linking Paisley town centre, Shortroods, Gallowhill and Glasgow Airport and Renfrew; a ‘commercial area’ at Abercorn Street and works on Love Street to improve the look and feel for local residents.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “From A-listed architecture to an international airport, Paisley has many great assets, yet the White Cart is one of the most underused in the local area.

“These proposals offer a unique opportunity to develop this location and celebrate the importance of the river to the town.

“The improved connections offer huge potential, with initial estimates suggesting 450 new jobs and a £200million economic injection, opening up access to development sites along the river and at the same time creating places for Paisley buddies to be proud of.”

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