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Derek Mackay MSP visits Bishopton

Derek Mackay MSP and Chris Peat at Bishopton
A new access route into BAE Systems’ multi-million pound transformation project in Bishopton has been completed. To mark the occasion, Derek Mackay MSP (Minister for Local Government and Planning) toured the new facilities with Real Estate Solutions Infrastructure Project Manager, Chris Peat, and welcomed the continued progress on site

Mr Mackay said: “The development at Bishopton is very impressive and clearly taking shape.  The new road infrastructure is a welcome addition, with great views and neat access to Dargavel village.  I was delighted to join the developers to formally open the new road, and look forward to the on-going development of the site.

“The continuing progress is good news for the area and opens up the next phase of housing and economic development, most welcome in this time of economic recovery.”

As well as linking the scheme to nearby major routes the new road – called Barrangary Road – provides improved access into the Dargavel Village development. Chris Peat, RES Infrastructure Project Manager, said: "The completion of the South Access Road will provide one of two convenient access routes into the site. With a mix of housing and commercial development opportunities as well as the civic space amenities planned for the development, it was important we worked closely with all the relevant authorities to deliver a transportation infrastructure which complimented the existing routes and roads in and around Bishopton.
 
“A new link to the M8 motorway is also a significant part of the future development of the site and we have been delighted with the progress being made both in the provision of the new homes by Taylor Wimpey, Cala and Persimmon and in the commercial opportunities available around Dargavel Village.” 
 
The £10.3 million project has also included the construction of a new concrete overbridge crossing the main Glasgow – Inverclyde railway line, the installation of new water drainage systems, the provision of facilities for utilities such as gas, water, power and telecommunications as well as a total of 1.2km of new road and pedestrian pathways/cycle paths.
 
Work began on the South Access Road in 2012 and it has been a real team effort combining RES’s environmental and engineering expertise to deliver with minimum disruption to the community and impact on traffic flow through Bishopton. Material excavated during the works will be recycled and reused to create the future landscaping works that will form the entrance to the site on both sides of the new overbridge. These works are due to be carried out this Spring. The re-use of this material reduces both the need for imported materials and helps to minimise the number of vehicles on the local roads around Bishopton.