The Clyde Waterfront & Renfrew Riverside (CWRR) project has taken a significant step forward after receiving planning consent.

The CWRR project, which will transform the Clyde waterfront, connect communities and bring thousands of jobs and investment to the regional economy, was approved by Scottish Government ministers on Friday 16 November 2018.

It is expected to create more than 2300 jobs and inject £867million into the regional economy, ranking it one of the top performing projects in the Glasgow City Region City Deal in delivering economic growth.

The project will see construction of the first opening road bridge over the River Clyde, linking communities on both sides of the river. It has been designed by leading engineering consultancy Sweco working with Kettle Collective, the award-winning architects behind the Falkirk Wheel.

The crossing will greatly improve access to employment, education, health and leisure for communities on both sides of the river and increase access for businesses to more customers and suppliers.

It also includes new roads, walkways and cycle routes linking into the GAIA project which is taking forward an advanced manufacturing district, which has already attracted two national innovation centres, the National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland and a major centre revolutionising medicines manufacturing.

"This is fantastic news for the entire city region and for Scotland", said Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson, welcoming the waterfront planning decision.

Councillor Nicolson added: "The completed project and subsequent regeneration has the potential to deliver a significant economic boost to the Glasgow City region.

"Current businesses will gain access to more customers and suppliers, while new companies and developers will be attracted to locate to the regenerated waterfront.

"Communities on both sides of the Clyde will benefit from greatly improved access to their work, to education and to hospitals through the new connections which will also help reduce congestion and improve journey times.

"It builds on the development of the new manufacturing district which will bring thousands of new high skilled jobs and training opportunities to Renfrewshire and the wider region and help secure the future of Scotland's vital manufacturing industry."

"We will continue to work closely with neighbouring councils to ensure the project delivers on its significant potential and the benefits reach all communities on both sides of the Clyde."

Public engagement helped identify the preferred bridge location, guaranteed environmental enhancements and ensured all new roads come complete with pedestrian walkways and cycle lanes. There has been strong support for the project during extensive public engagement over a 2-year period, with surveys signalling 90 percent backing for the plans.

The tendering for the construction contract will now proceed and land assembly will now be completed. Construction is expected to start at the end of 2019 and be complete in 2022.

Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside is one of three Glasgow City Region City Deal-funded projects in Renfrewshire alongside the Glasgow Airport Investment Area project, which will deliver the underpinning infrastructure behind the new manufacturing district and the Airport Access Project, aiming to create a direct rail link between Glasgow Airport, Paisley Gilmour Street and Glasgow Central Station.

Photos show artist impressions of the proposed River Clyde opening bridge and the transformed Clyde waterfront.

Source: Renfrewshire Council