Chapelhall firm secures £1m contract for Renfrewshire cycle route


JH Civil Engineering Limited has been awarded a contract worth almost £1 million by Renfrewshire Council for the build of a new walking and cycling route.

Running parallel to the White Cart, the 5km route will begin on the banks of the River Clyde at the Renfrew Ferry where it will be able to connect into the new two-lane road bridge over the River Clyde to Clydebank and Yoker.

From Renfrew, the route will work its way through the town centre behind the Town Hall, travel via Robertson and Knockhill Park, before following the former railway track between Wright Street in Renfrew and Abercorn Street in Paisley.

It will then cross the newly reopened White Cart Footbridge at Abercorn Street into the town centre, before finishing at Paisley Gilmour Street Railway Station.

Renfrewshire Council said the route will provide a safe cycling and walking space between the town centre for the first time in ‘decades’, as well as providing access to Westway Park, West College Scotland and the former Chivas site – which is the proposed location of the new Paisley Grammar community campus.

It will also connect to walking and cycling routes around the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS), including a new bridge across the White Cart river connecting into Arran Avenue and Glasgow Airport.

The local authority said that work is set to begin on the route in late February with the route aimed for completion by the end of 2022.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s infrastructure, land and environment policy board, said, “This new cycle route will be a fantastic link between Renfrew and Paisley’s town centres, and I’m delighted that we’ve been able to award the contract for its construction. Ensuring that local people can walk, wheel or cycle throughout Renfrewshire is a key aim of this Council as we look to encourage people to leave their cars, get active and live healthier lives – which also supports our climate change ambitions by reducing emissions.

“Construction will begin early next year, and I look forward to seeing its progress throughout 2022 as we create a key link between the two towns for the first time in decades.”