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Yoker Ferry may be replaced with Clyde’s only opening road bridge

Proposed bridge
The bridge will open to allow traffic on the River Clyde at Yoker.

Ministers have approved plans to create a new bridge across the Clyde linking Renfrew and Yoker.

The crossing will be the centrepiece of the Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside project.

Backers of the plan have claimed it will create more than 2,300 jobs and inject £867m into the local economy.

New roads, walkways and cycle routes are being created to serve a 150-acre site next to Glasgow Airport which will become a manufacturing district.

New development
Backers of the plan say it could create 2,300 jobs

The river crossing, the first opening road bridge over the River Clyde, has been designed by engineering consultancy Sweco in collaboration with Kettle Collective, the architects behind the Falkirk Wheel.

Renfrewshire Council leader Iain Nicolson told BBC Scotland: “This is fantastic news for the entire city region and for Scotland.”

He added: “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.”

Proposed bridge
 The bridge is the first of its kind over the River Clyde

The project is one of three being funded in Renfrewshire under the Glasgow City Region city deal.

The others are an airport investment area and the airport access project which will include a rail link from the airport to Paisley Gilmour Street and Glasgow Central.

The city deal is a £1.13bn agreement between the UK government, Scottish government and eight local authorities, including West Dunbartonshire Council.

However, West Dunbartonshire Council would not take questions from The Democrat about the impact of the bridge on employment in the Yoker and Clydebank  areas.

It is claimed to have helped 8,085 people into jobs through a youth gateway programme, 745 of them in Renfrewshire.

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