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Key Regeneration Project Gets Underway


Above: An artists impression of the proposed Baker Street development and road realignment  

A busy road through Greenock is to be closed for at least a week to allow a major regeneration project to get underway.

The sharp corner between Baker Street and Drumfrochar Road – known as Baker’s Brae – is to be removed by cutting through the site of former industrial buildings.

Environment & Regeneration Convener Councillor Michael McCormick said:

This is a key route through Greenock but the combination of poor traffic flow and derelict buildings has been stifling opportunities for investment and economic growth."

“This project will greatly enhance the area and unlock its potential for future development and growth which can only be good for the local community.”

The £3 million scheme which also includes lower kerbs, landscaping and improving sightlines is being delivered by regeneration company Riverside Inverclyde.

Chief Executive Fiona Maguire said:

“The road closure is essential to allow Scottish Water on site to lay new connections so that we can begin work in earnest."

"There will be a degree of inconvenience to people who use the road regularly but I am sure once completed they will appreciate the improvements we are making.”

Baker Street will be closed between Regent Street and Ingliston Street for one week from Monday 25 June 2018.  Further varying traffic management restrictions will be imposed over the coming months as work continues on the project which is due to be completed by spring 2019.

The £3 million scheme includes a £300,000 contribution from Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT).

A £1.8million community enterprise hub for small and medium-sized food and drink enterprises - Baker Street - is also proposed for at the corner of Baker Street and Drumfrochar Road.

Published: 15 June 2018