Investing in infrastructure
Investing in infrastructure
Infrastructure is an integral part of the development of Dargavel Village. Since work began over ten years ago, we have invested in the local infrastructure, improving existing roads and drainage systems, building new roads, creating new green community spaces and increasing parking areas.
Our vision for Dargavel Village is to create an aspirational place for people to live and it’s important we have the right infrastructure in place to support the growing community. We have recently created two new play areas at Newton Road and Wester Rossland Woodland featuring swings, slides and climbing frames. We have created new shared pathways around the development giving cyclists and pedestrians priority over cars and we’ve landscaped two village squares, providing the community with open, green spaces.
Improving connectivity to Bishopton is a huge part of our investment in the local infrastructure and we work closely with local authorities including Renfrewshire Council and Transport Scotland to ensure the right transport infrastructure is in place.
After constructing the main access roads to the north and south of Dargavel Village, we built Craigton Drive – a £6 million, 1.7km link road connecting the north of the development to the south – creating a 3.5km continuous route through Dargavel Village. The road was opened in 2016, after almost a year of construction.
We have also created a new park-and-ride car park area near to Bishopton Train Station, giving residents access to 150 parking spaces, 60 more than previously available. Additional improvements included the installation of better lighting, the resurfacing of nearby roads and creating more accessible, user-friendly routes for pedestrians and cyclists.
Looking ahead, we will continue to invest in the infrastructure through the construction of a new primary school, a retail and leisure zone near the train station, a new health centre, and further parks, play areas and community spaces in and around the development.
Increasing Bishopton’s connectivity
In January 2017, we began work one of the development’s main infrastructure projects, the construction of a new junction of the M8 motorway. The three-year project is the single largest road infrastructure investment Renfrewshire has seen and will improve existing transport links to Bishopton. It will see the construction of junction 29A at the intersection of Greenock Road (A8) and the M8 motorway, providing commuters and local residents with direct access eastbound and an exit off the M8 westbound.
The construction will be undertaken in three stages:
- Stage one: This involves the initial ground works, environmental works and services diversions to prepare the ground for construction, and the construction of the embankments (approximately 12 months)
- Stage two: This involves a period of consolidation to allow the underlying ground to settle and compact prior to the completion of the road pavement (approximately 18 months)
- Stage three: This is the final stage which includes the completion of all works, including tying the new road to the existing motorway and A8, signage alterations and surfacing of the road before the road markings and traffic management systems are put in place (approximately 6 months)
Once complete, the new junction will enhance Bishopton’s connectivity to the wider region benefiting residents, commuters and the local economy.