Plans to create a new active travel route have been submitted by Renfrewshire Council.

We previously reported how a number of projects received investment from the Active Travel Transformation Fund 2023-24, which aims to create high-quality active travel infrastructure that will support people to make the switch to more sustainable transport methods and reduce emissions.

Planning documents have now been submitted for the completion of the Paisley to Renfrew active travel route, which aims to provide a direct active travel link between the two towns for the first time in decades.

A description of the proposal reads: "The proposal is planned to complete Renfrewshire Council's proposed network of active travel infrastructure projects by connecting the Gallowhill residential area of Paisley to other nearby settlements of Renfrew and Inchinnan (and beyond), AMIDS and local employment and retail opportunities. 

"A direct link will be created to the existing Renfrew to Paisley cycleway, new access points will be provided at the junction of Gallowhill Road and Renfrew Road and an eastern access point will serve the Gallowhill residential area.

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"The proposed scheme consists of circa 700m of new active travel provision, using vacant land left over from the dismantling of a Victorian railway."

The scheme is set to be split into three phases, with plans for the latter two to be developed further following additional site clearance and topographic survey.

The proposal description added: "The proposal will improve access to retail and employment opportunities in the area and will provide a convenient, environmentally conscious alternative to vehicle travel for short journeys.

"The existing site has been left in a state of disrepair with considerable overgrowth and fly-tipping. 

"Hypodermic needles have been found on the site which suggests the neglected condition of the area has made it attractive for anti-social behaviour. 

"Cleaning up and developing the site with lighting provisions will have a positive effect in combating these behaviours."