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City Deal projects put pupils on the road to success

Geography students in East Renfrewshire took their learning on the road to see first-hand what is involved in creating a new stretch of road, bridge and boardwalk.

Geography students from Woodfarm High in East Renfrewshire

Ground investigations are currently underway at Aurs Road - the main route between Barrhead and Newton Mearns - ahead of Glasgow City Region City Deal funded plans to improve the road, with work set to start next year.

The work will include two sections of realignment, creation of a new roundabout, replacement of a road bridge and the addition of a boardwalk alongside Balgray Reservoir within Dams to Darnley Country Park.

Woodfarm High pupils joined the Council's appointed contractors BAM Ritchies, Mott MacDonald and ERZ working on the site to get an insight into how engineers, planners and architects all work together to deliver projects and the types of skills and work related to these careers. 

The school group then joined an interactive walk with the architects who are delivering the project to discover ideas for the planned new boardwalk relating to art, environment and functionality.

A range of ambitious projects will be made possible thanks to our £44 million Glasgow City Region City Deal investment - improving transport links, enhancing the country park and supporting business growth. Through field trips such as this, where we are able to share real-time examples of projects in development, we hope to inspire our young people's learning and help them consider future career options. The long-term benefits achieved through road improvements will be of significant benefit to our residents and we thank them for their patience whilst this work is undertakenCouncil Leader Tony Buchanan

I was interested to learn how they are considering the eco-system when developing the road. More people will be able to discover and enjoy the reservoirs and Dams to Darnley Country Park in the future.                                                             Pupil Akshath Khandelwal, 14

Funded by Glasgow City Region City Deal and Sustrans Community Links, the boardwalk will join existing paths to create a continuous 3km walking and cycling circuit around Balgray Reservoir at Dams to Darnley Country Park as well as improving walking and cycling connections between Barrhead, Newton Mearns and the country park.

The next phase of the Council's City Deal programme of infrastructure improvements will be realignment of Balgraystone Road, opposite St Luke's High School, in Spring 2018. This will facilitate the development of the first 200 of around 1,000 houses in Barrhead South, provide better access to the country park and create an entrance to the planned new railway station and bus interchange, which is expected to be in place by 2021.

As part of the £44million Glasgow City Region City Deal investment in East Renfrewshire, plans are under way to improve the road network between Barrhead, Newton Mearns and the M77, create a new train station in Barrhead, transform Dams to Darnley Country Park into a must-visit leisure destination and create a new business centre in Newton Mearns.

The Glasgow City Region City Deal is a £1.13 billion agreement between the UK Government, the Scottish Government and eight local authorities across Glasgow and the Clyde Valley.

It will fund major infrastructure projects, create thousands of new jobs and assist thousands of unemployed people back to work, as well as improving public transport and connectivity, driving business innovation and growth and generating billions of pounds of private sector investment.

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