£6m cash boost for public transport welcomed Renfrewshire.

A £6m cash boost to transform public transport services at key sites throughout Renfrewshire over the next three years has been welcomed by councillors

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport has just confirmed details of its spending proposals until 2017 – including a £1.8m revamp of Paisley town centre’s bus infrastructure

The investment also sees £1m for Scotrail and SPT to deliver a decked car park at Johnstone Station, with a second tier to be built at the busy park-and-ride facility.

Other projects confirmed include:
– £2.9m over three years for the local part of the still-to-be-built Fastlink bus corridor linking Renfrew and Braehead with the new South Glasgow Hospitals Campus;
– a total of £325,000 on bus corridor improvements and bus route enhancements throughout Renfrewshire for next year;
– £40,000 towards proposed cycle path improvements in Elderslie.


A total of £2m has been confirmed for the next financial year, with a further £4m proposed to follow over 2015/6 and 2016/7.

Exact plans for the Paisley Central Bus Hub are still to be confirmed but will see improved road layout and design around Gauze Street, Smithhills Street and Central Way, with £450,000 confirmed for next year and the rest set to follow by 2017.

The total sum earmarked for Renfrewshire is second only to that of Glasgow out of the 12 local authority areas covered by the partnership.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Board and the council’s representative on SPT, said: “We welcome this investment, which will make a real difference to passengers throughout the area.

“We work tirelessly to get the best deal for Renfrewshire from central funding agencies and in this case are pleased that SPT has agreed with the priorities we put forward for investment in the area.

“This work will complement the progress we have made on town centre regeneration in recent years.

“In particular, the improved bus infrastructure in Paisley town centre will sit alongside the work to develop the nearby Arnotts site – where work is now under way on 31 new flats, with further development to come.

“Once complete, the Fastlink bus corridor will provide a quick and reliable service linking Renfrew and Braehead with key sites along the Clyde, while the work at Johnstone station will help solve long-running issues with car parking there.

“Plus towns and villages throughout the area will share the benefits of general work to improve the area’s public transport network.”

Courtesy of Renfrewshire Council.

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HUNDREDS of patriotic Scots will descend on Braveheart Sir William Wallace’s Elderslie birthplace later this month to commemorate his murder over 700 years ago.
The traditional Wallace Day parade will take place on Saturday, August 21, and leaves from Ludovic Square, in Johnstone, at 2.30pm to walk to the Wallace Monument, in Elderslie, where wreaths are laid.
In the evening, Elderslie Village Hall will host an evening of entertainment with Ted Christopher and Albannach, and a bar will be available.
Wallace Day is one of the most colourful in Renfrewshire’s year and the march is headed by a pipe band and many of those who go along get right into the spirit of things by wearing tartan and carrying Saltires.
Wallace, along with Andrew Moray, is remembered for defeating an English army at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in September 1297.
Organisers say the march dedicated to the freedom fighter will draw hundreds of people from across the country.
Wallace was born in the village around 1270 and went on to become Renfrewshire’s most famous son as, along with Andrew Moray, he defeated an English army at the Battle of Stirling Bridge.
He was named Guardian of Scotland but resigned the post after defeat at the Battle of Falkirk in 1298.
Wallace evaded English attempts on his life for several years until he was captured at Robroyston in 1305.
He was handed over to Edward I of England, who had him executed for treason at Smithfield, London.
Now the Society of William Wallace will mark his death with their latest rally.

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