The three-year project 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. Once complete, the new junction will enhance Bishopton’s connectivity to the wider region.
Transport Minister, Humza Yousaf, said: “It’s clear the regeneration of the former Royal Ordnance site in Bishopton will bring real benefits to the local community and economy on its completion. Transport Scotland is doing all it can to ensure that this potential can be realised.
“We are working with BAE systems and the local authority to address a number of planning conditions. We hope that assessments currently being carried out will lead to quick progress being made on the new M8 junction at Bishopton and the other improvements necessary to support this important development.”
Derek Mackay, MSP for Renfrewshire North and West, said: “Bishopton is a growing community and the start of these works on the new motorway junction is an important milestone in the redevelopment of the area and road users. Not only will it significantly improve Bishopton’s transport links, it will also bring wider economic benefits to the local community, making it more accessible and supporting the area’s continuing regeneration.”
Steve Fogg, Managing Director, BAE Systems Shared Services, added: “The construction of this new junction is a top priority for this project and a major milestone in the development of Dargavel Village. We are committed to investing in the local infrastructure and developing an aspirational place for people to live. When it opens, the junction will enhance Bishopton’s connectivity and transport links, opening up new opportunities for the local area.”
The construction of the motorway junction will be undertaken in stages by UK construction and infrastructure company Morgan Sindall which was awarded the contract in December 2016.