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Port Glasgow Town Centre Works Near Completion

Above -  Phase one of the project was the spur road whcih was opened in November 2017.

A busy Port Glasgow town centre route is on target to open in mid-February as work on the town centre regeneration project nears completion. Part of Shore Street, directly in front of the town hall, has been closed for longer than scheduled after power cables were found to closer to the surface than expected.

A new hard-landscaped civic space is being created in front of the town hall. A new spur road off the A8 allowing direct access to the town centre via Shore Street and Princes Street is also part of the project.

Inverclyde Council environment and regeneration convener Councillor Michael McCormick said:

“This was something that wasn’t anticipated and ultimately was out of our hands until it could be resolved. Happily we are now in a position to complete the resurfacing of the new intersection and the whole project should be finished by the middle of February.”

Shore Street will re-open under three-way traffic lights by the evening of Monday 5 February to allow surfacing and road markings to be completed. The new spur road from the A8 will be closed temporarily to allow this to happen. The full re-opening of Shore Street and the spur road is expected by Friday 16 February.

Jim Stevenson from the contractor RJ McLeod said:

"Following resolution of the issue with existing services and on return from Christmas shutdown, we have been met with challenging weather conditions which have affected activities on site. We have extended our working period to fully utilise favourable conditions when they occur and now hope to re-open Shore Street by 16 February.”

A second phase of the works will also include the demolition of redundant buildings at the rear of the town hall to create a new civic square. The project is being delivered on behalf of the council by the urban regeneration company Riverside Inverclyde.


This article appeared in Inverclyde Now on 31 January 2018. 

Published: 2 February 2018