The M74 extension has opened up an extensive range of new development opportunities across Clyde Gateway
The First Minister confirms his backing for Clyde Gateway during a visit to Rutherglen in May 2014
"The impact of the Commonwealth Games will reach across Scotland but the epicentre is in the Clyde Gateway area."
Rt Hon Alex Salmond MP, First Minister of Scotland speaking in May 2014
The 2014 Commonwealth Games not only changed perceptions in relation to our local communities but they acted as a catalyst for growth and regeneration.
The delivery of long-term jobs was always a key legacy associated with the staging of the Games and much of Clyde Gateway’s activities in the pre-Games preparations were around changing the physical landscape beyond all recognition and bringing vast areas of vacant and derelict land back into economic use.
We have a target of 20,000 new jobs to the Clyde Gateway area by 2028. We can only achieve this by having the best sites within our area fully ready for redevelopment and to take advantage of inward investment enquiries.
Our efforts were greatly assisted by the fact that the Scottish Government, together with our partner councils, had funded the completion of the final section of the M74 Motorway and which opened in June 2011. Its three new junctions, together with a new distributor road funded by Glasgow City Council, opened up a whole new range of sites that could sustain the offices, factories and commercial developments which deliver sustainable employment in the 21st Century.
Such massive investments in infrastructure improvement were integral to the creation of Clyde Gateway East, the first new major employment zone in our area in a generation.