Project Overview


Renfrewshire Council

Designer / Consultancy


Construction Period

June 2019 June 2022



Project Overview

Part of £1.13bn Glasgow City Region City Deal.

Works involve the realignment, upgrading and extending of Abbotsinch Road with accompanying cycle lanes. As well as a new two-lane bridge across the White Cart for pedestrians, cyclists and commercial traffic and a new pedestrian and cycle bridge over the Black Cart to improve access to the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS) and to the nearby Westway and Inchinnan Business Parks.

Key Numbers

  • Re-alignment and upgrading of Abbotsinch Road – including 1620m of new road
  • A two-lane bridge over the White Cart linking the investment area to Westway Business Park and other development sites
  • A 100me cycleway and pedestrian bridge spanning the Black Cart as well as new and improved junctions
  • Extensive active travel facilities and connections to existing cycleways and paths

Press Coverage

An alternative use for stormwater infiltration crates has helped to deliver significant carbon savings for a road project in Glasgow. The Glasgow Airport Investment Area (GAIA) project is expected to stimulate significant economic growth in the region.

The project, which is being led by Renfrewshire Council and jointly funded by the UK and Scottish governments through the £1.13bn Glasgow City Region Deal, includes road realignment; a new two-lane bridge across the White Cart Water; a pedestrian and cycle bridge; and new and improved junctions and connections to existing cycleways and pathways. Work on site will also provide enabling infrastructure and connections into Netherton Campus, a 52ha site next to the airport. The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland and the Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre will also be on the site. The two facilities will be central to the emerging Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (Amids), which is expected to create local job opportunities and boost Scotland’s manufacturing sector.

Construction began in June 2019 after Renfrewshire Council appointed Wills Bros Civil Engineering as main contractor to deliver the GAIA project.

See full article in New Civil Engineer here.