A City Region project, in partnership with Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT), East Dunbartonshire Council and Glasgow City Council, designed to improve traffic and transport infrastructure within Bishopbriggs and the north of Glasgow has been given the go ahead.
The project which aims to boost the East Dunbartonshire economy is intended to support local economy and links to the wider city region. The £30 million plus project will see:
- Delivery of Phase 5 of the Bishopbriggs Relief Road
- Investment in public and sustainable transport on the A803 Route Corridor
- Bishopbriggs Town Centre Regeneration
SPT Vice chair, and East Dunbartonshire Councillor, Alan Moir has welcomed the project.
“I am proud that SPT is working in partnership with East Dunbartonshire and Glasgow City Councils to improve transport infrastructure for commuters and all other road users across Bishopbriggs, East Dunbartonshire and the wider transport network.
“Having good sustainable transport in place is essential for a successful region. Improving connectivity and ensuring good public transport links are central themes in the Council’s Place and Growth programme, working together to achieve these objectives is vital for economic growth and future employment opportunities in the area.”
The Council’s Strategic Business Case for the Bishopbriggs Place and Growth Programme was approved at the Glasgow City Region Cabinet.
The Strategic Business Case highlighted a package of transport infrastructure and site enabling activities, including better connectivity and accessibility to jobs between East Dunbartonshire and the adjacent City Region areas, including accessibility through improved public transport through bus routes.
The £0.7 million development costs for the Outline Business Case stage have been approved and work will now continue with programme partners SPT and Glasgow City Council to quantify the transport, employment and land use benefits that will be realised through the programme. The Outline Business Case will also consider transport models and the impacts that the programme will have.
It is hoped that following this example of good partnership working, further opportunities to work together with City Deal partners will now evolve and develop more specific projectes to improve bus service provision across the region.
The £1.13billion Glasgow City Region City Deal is an agreement between the UK Government, the Scottish Government and eight local authorities across Glasgow and the Clyde Valley, with each Government contributing £500 million to the programme.
The eight local authorities in the Glasgow City Region are East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Glasgow City, Inverclyde, North Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, South Lanarkshire and West Dunbartonshire.