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Bakers Brae Road Realignment Works To Begin


Above: The corner of Baker Street and Drumfrochar Road in Greenock pre-regeneration

Contractors are due to start work on realigning a busy road through Greenock as part of the wider regeneration of the area.

RJ McLeod has been awarded the £2.5million contract to remove the sharp corner between Baker Street and Drumfrochar Road by cutting through the site of recently demolished industrial buildings.

The scheme - to be delivered by Riverside Inverclyde - will also include lower kerbs, landscaping and improving sight lines.  Work is due to get underway at the star of next month and should be completed by spring 2019.

Inverclyde Council’s environment and regeneration convener Councillor Michael McCormick said:

“This is an important project and one that is central to the wider investment in Broomhill by the council, River Clyde Homes and Riverside Inverclyde.  Realigning the road will address a number of potentially dangerous situations such as lorries and buses being forced to give way to oncoming traffic and having difficulty negotiating the corner."

He added:

"It should also reduce queuing during peak periods between Baker Street and Drumfrochar Road. There will be a degree of disruption –- clearly road closures and diversions will be required over the course of the project. We will do all that we can to give as much notice as possible so people won’t be caught out and inconvenienced too much.”

Fiona Maguire, Riverside Inverclyde’s Chief Executive, said:

“This project has been a long time in the making and we are delighted to be once again working with RJ McLeod.  We have every confidence that they will handle the complexities of the contract and deliver a scheme that Inverclyde can be proud of.”

The road realignment works involve civil engineering, services diversions, retaining walls plus hard and soft landscaping to create a boulevard approach.

Jim Stevenson from RJ McLeod (Contractors) Ltd said:

“We are delighted to be involved with this high-profile regeneration project. The scheme makes good use of an existing brownfield site to improve traffic flow and make a positive impact to the area. We look forward to being part of the overall delivery.”

In February 2018, Riverside Inverclyde also received planning consent for its Baker Street development - a £1.8m project to build a new food and drink incubator - which will be built on land recently cleared at the corner of Greenock’s Baker Street and Drumfrochar Road 

The incubator and its other areas of support for businesses will be the first of its kind in Scotland, assisting Inverclyde’s growth in the food and drink sector as Scotland aims to double its turnover to £30 billion by 2030.

Published: 26 April 2018