A new junction improves links between the city center and the seafront

ACCESS between downtown Greenock and the waterfront has been improved with a new pedestrian and cyclist crossing.

The Toucan Level Crossing at the foot of William Street spans the busy A8 Dalrymple Street main road and connects to Custom House Way and down to the wharf.

It connects the city center to the waterfront and will soon serve the passengers and crew of cruise ships in the new Ocean Terminal development, which is currently under construction.

Toucan level crossings are wider than normal crossings to allow pedestrians and cyclists to cross the road safely at the same time.

It replaces the nearby pedestrian crossing at the bottom of Cross Shore Street.

William Street toucan crossing in Greenock on the A8 Dalrymple Street.

Councilor Michael McCormick, Head of Environment and Regeneration at Inverclyde City Council, said: That improves road safety.

“The location at the foot of William Street means that there is now much better access between this side of downtown and the waterfront where the entertainment complex, cinema, Beacon Arts Center, shopping park, offices, the National Cycle Route and, of course, the new welcome center for upcoming cruise ships.

“We want to make Greenock and Inverclyde overall as welcoming and accessible as possible to locals and visitors and improvements like this are part of this effort, as well as our ongoing regeneration of downtown Greenock. “

The £ 300,000 project was led by Inverclyde Council in consultation with national road operators Transport Scotland and its contractor Amey, which operates the A8, and was funded through a grant from the Strathclyde Partnership for Transport ( SPT).

Councilor David Wilson, Chairman of the SPT Operations Committee, said: “I am delighted that this SPT investment in the new crossing is helping to support the regeneration of downtown Greenock by improving the local environment for local communities. pedestrians and cyclists.

“This area of ​​William Street is very busy and will be even more so with the new cruise ship reception center.

“The improvements made will be invaluable to residents and visitors to Greenock and the waterfront. “

Work on the new toucan crossing began in early August and most of it was completed by the end of October.

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