Glasgow City Region Deal

The UK and Scottish Governments and eight local authorities are together investing over £1.17 billion into the Glasgow City Region Deal.  The deal will make the region an even better place to live, work and invest and ensure prosperity reaches everyone.

Glasgow City Region Deal

The Glasgow City Region Deal covers Glasgow City, East Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, North Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire.  It is one of the largest in the UK, with a population of 1.8 million with 42% of residents educated to degree level.  The region’s economy generates over £40 billion a year and has continued to grow through challenging economic times.

The £1.17 Glasgow City Region Deal, jointly funded by the UK and Scottish Governments and eight local authorities, will build upon the region’s strengths and deliver:

  • Improved infrastructure – a £1.13 billion fund will support the delivery of an improved transport network across Glasgow and the Clyde Valley, investing in development and regeneration sites and improved public transport
  • Growth in life sciences – establishment of world class research and development and commercialisation facilities
  • Support for business innovation – additional business incubator and grow-on space for entrepreneurs across the region, enabling more small and medium businesses to grow
  • Jobs and Opportunities – creation of thousands of new jobs and establishment of programmes to provide targeted support to 16-24 year olds and vulnerable residents, and testing new ways of boosting the incomes of people on low wages to make them more self-reliant.

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The Glasgow City Region Deal has made significant progress and is already providing a boost to the region’s economy.  Thousands of jobs are being created through employment schemes and the construction work underway.  Local companies are benefitting from contract opportunities and new business support initiatives.

The Glasgow City Region Deal aims to attract over £3 billion of private sector investment over 20 years.  Already this is happening, with new housing, retail and industrial developments arising from deal funded improvements to transport connections and land remediation.


The Glasgow City Region Deal is delivering projects quickly.  Out of the twenty seven City Deal projects, seven have been completed already and residents are already seeing City Deal investment on the ground.  New roads, bridges, remediation and public realm works are visibly transforming the social and physical landscape.  The deal is also unlocking vacant sites in key locations and opening up opportunities for new housing, retail and commercial development.  Explore these projects on the map below.

A number of projects are currently in progress, including the first road opening bridge over the Clyde.

At Greenock a new berthing facility and visitor centre is being built.  This will boost tourism and support a target of over 150,000 passengers passing through Greenock’s new Ocean Terminal a year and help to deliver £26 million in annual visitor spend to the economy.

Work is beginning on Renfrewshire’s Glasgow Airport Investment Area project.  This will deliver infrastructure and environmental improvements underpinning the development of a 150-acre investment area.  The investment area will be at the centre of the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS) .  This will be home to two new, national innovation centres – the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) and the Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre (MMIC).

At Sighthill in Glasgow, City Deal investment is helping to re-connect an area equivalent in size to 60 football pitches to the near-by city centre and open up the north of the city for growth.  Extensive remediation will enable hundreds of new homes to be completed, and work will start soon on an iconic pedestrian and cyclist bridge over the M8 motorway that will address the physical barriers between people and place.

The Tontine centre was set up as part of the City Region Deal to help start-up businesses grow and thrive.  Businesses are provided with affordable office space in a modern Merchant City hub with access to WiFi, meeting rooms and business support.  The centre is already helping lots of businesses to grow and create more jobs.

Further Information

Find out more about City Region and Growth Deals - external link
Find out more about UK Government investment projects - external link