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Bishopton regeneration

Investing in infrastructure

Bishopton M8 junction aerial
Infrastructure is an integral part of the development of Dargavel Village. Since work began, we have continuously invested in the local infrastructure. We’ve improved existing roads and drainage systems, built new roads and car park areas, created green community spaces and built new children’s play areas.
Infrastructure is an integral part of the development of Dargavel Village. Since work began, we have continuously invested in the local infrastructure. We’ve improved existing roads and drainage systems, built new roads and car park areas, created green community spaces and built new children’s play areas.
 
Our vision is to create an aspirational place for people to live and it’s important we have the right infrastructure in place to support a growing community. We have created new shared pathways around the development giving cyclists and pedestrians priority over cars. We have landscaped two village squares, providing the community with open, green spaces, and we have created new play areas featuring swings, slides and climbing frames.
 
Improving connectivity to Bishopton is a huge part of our investment in the local infrastructure. We work closely with local authorities including Renfrewshire Council and Transport Scotland to ensure the right transport infrastructure and links are in place, including building a new M8 motorway junction that will increase Bishopton’s connectivity to the wider transport network.
 
After constructing the main access roads to the north and south of Dargavel Village, we built Craigton Drive – a 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.
 
Other improvements include the creation of a 150 space park-and-ride car park area near to Bishopton train station; the installation of energy-efficient LED lighting; the resurfacing of nearby roads, and the creation of more accessible, user-friendly routes for pedestrians and cyclists.
 
We have now started to develop the next phase of the infrastructure including a retail park at the centre of the Village, near Bishopton train station. The retail park will open in summer 2019 and will feature a Sainsbury's supermarket and five additional retail units.
 
In 2020, we will start building the new primary school within Dargavel Village. The school is due to open its doors in summer 2021, providing places for around 440 pupils.
 
Other facilities we will be investing in include a new health centre, further parks and play areas, and additional car parking.
 

Increasing Bishopton’s connectivity 

 
In January 2017, we started work on one of the development’s main infrastructure projects - a new junction of the M8 motorway. The three-year project is the single largest road infrastructure investment Renfrewshire has seen and will enhance Bishopton’s connectivity to the wider region benefiting residents, commuters and the local economy.
 
The project sees 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 junction is scheduled to open in spring 2020.
 
The construction is being undertaken in three stages:
  • Stage one: This involved the initial ground works, environmental works and services diversions to prepare the ground for construction, and the construction of the embankments
  • 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
  • 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)