THREE international engineering teams are in the running to build the first opening road bridge over the Clyde.

The crossing connecting Renfrew to Yoker will require hundreds of construction staff and forms the centre-piece of a major infrastructure project to transform the Clyde waterfront.

Following an initial selection stage earlier this year, Renfrewshire Council has now invited three bidders to participate in the detailed tendering stage of the procurement process.

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They are ARC, Balfour Beatty and GRAHAM, which have all worked on major bridge projects at home and abroad.

Council leader Iain Nicolson said: “I am pleased to see this project progressing well and it is no surprise it has attracted such high calibre teams.”

Jointly funded by the UK and Scottish Governments through the Glasgow City Region City Deal, the £90.7million Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside project includes a 184 metre-long, twin-leaf cable-stayed swing bridge accommodating vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians and opening horizontally for passing ships.

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Bob Grant, chief executive of Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “This is an exciting project which will bolster business growth – adding to the significant job opportunities coming to the manufacturing innovation district being developed.”

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