SCOTTISH Government ministers have approved the first opening road bridge across the Clyde, between Renfrew and Yoker.
The Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside scheme is being funded through the Glasgow City Region City Deal.
The crossing will 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.
The project also includes new roads, walkways and cycle routes into a 150-acre site next to Glasgow Airport being developed into a manufacturing district, which has already attracted two national innovation centres, the National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland and a major centre revolutionising medicines manufacturing.
The bridge has been designed by leading engineering consultancy Sweco working with Kettle Collective, the award-winning architects behind the Falkirk Wheel.
There has been strong support for the project during extensive engagement over a two-year period, with surveys signalling 90 percent backing for the plans.
Public engagement helped identify the preferred bridge location, guaranteed environmental enhancements and ensured all new roads come complete with pedestrian walkways and cycle lanes.
“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.”