29/10/2015 Scotland
City Deal Plan For Greenock Dock Expansion
Greenock's Ocean Terminal set for increase

QUEEN MARY 2 at Greenock

Two Inverclyde-based projects as part of the £1bn Glasgow and Clyde Valley City Deal scheme have received official approval.

For, strategic business cases for a project to improve the A78 at Inverkip and another to expand Greenock Ocean Terminal have been approved by leaders operating the City Deal across eight Scottish councils.

The Inverkip project will open up the former power station site for housing. The business case, presented to the board, was agreed and unlocks funding to develop the design phase of the project.

The second project, at Greenock Ocean Terminal, also received approval from the City Deal board. The project, delivered in partnership between Inverclyde Council and Peel Ports, aims to increase the quayside to further cement Inverclyde as the cruise liner capital of Scotland.

Expansion of the cruise ship business, which reached the 100,000 cruise passenger mark this year, is limited by the existing quayside at Greenock’s Ocean Terminal.

Now, as part of the City Deal, Inverclyde Council and Peel Ports, owners of the terminal, have set out the business case for expansion to secure future cruise liners into Scotland and deliver a new visitor facility.

Speaking after the approval from City Deal board, Inverclyde Council Leader, Councillor Stephen McCabe, said: “This is a significant milestone in the delivery of two key strategic projects for Inverclyde.

“With the support of seven other Scottish Councils and both the Scottish and UK Governments, Inverclyde is making sure we are getting benefit for our local area while playing a key part in delivering investment and improvements which benefit the west and the rest of Scotland.

“The site at Inverkip is a major project for the town, but also for Inverclyde and for the west of Scotland. It takes a former brownfield site and opens it up to development, while providing much needed access and safety improvements for our local communities in Inverkip and Wemyss Bay.

“Greenock’s Ocean Terminal project and making sure that Inverclyde continues to be the cruise liner capital of Scotland has local and Scotland wide benefits. We are seeing more and bigger vessels visiting our area. That’s good for the local economy when our local businesses identify and pursue creative opportunities to capitalise on the increases in passengers and crew visiting our area. Crucially, we are a fantastic gateway to Scotland for thousands of people every year, who continue to value and recognise the welcome offered by our area. The expansion plans will further cement that reputation for Greenock, for Inverclyde and for Scotland.”

Andrew Hemphill, Port Director Peel Ports Clydeport added “Peel Ports are delighted with the growth in the cruise market and the potential it delivers for Inverclyde and Scotland also.

"Once the full details of the City Deal have been fully developed and approved, the funding will allow us to investigate the potential as we develop the detailed design phase of the project. We look forward to growing the cruise market and making Inverclyde the cruise liner capital of Scotland."