New 160-tonne active travel bridge installed in Renfrewshire

Renfrewshire Council

A new 160-tonne steel bridge has been installed in Renfrewshire to provide an active travel connection between Inchinnan and Paisley.

Wills Bros Civil Engineering is now preparing the structure for public use through the creation of a permanent bridge deck and approaches to connect it to a new road layout being completed at the junction of the nearby A8.

The project forms part of the Glasgow Airport investment area initiative, which looks to create connections and infrastructure to complement the development of the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland, which has a gross development value of £244 million.

The contractor is also completing construction of a link bridge across the White Cart river, which will connect commercial traffic to the manufacturing district and enable cyclists and pedestrians to join onto a route being developed between Paisley and Renfrew.

Jonathan Wills, director of Wills Bros Civil Engineering, said, “Improved routes promoting cycling and walking is an important part of the project and the new pedestrian and cycle bridge over the Black Cart river is designed to create a safe, accessible route which we hope will prove popular over the coming years.”

Renfrewshire Council leader, Iain Nicolson, added, “The new bridge and all the improvements being delivered through the Glasgow Airport investment area project will further enhance this and encourage more people to cycle and walk, which is of course much better for our wellbeing and for the local environment.”