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Linwood, a small town in Renfrewshire, Scotland, 14 miles south-west of Glasgow, which saw an explosion in its population during the middle of the 20th century due to the mass exodus of people from the Glasgow slums. At that time the town's economy relied on the Rootes Car plant and the Pressed Steel Company, both of which ceased production in 1981, leaving mass numbers of Linwood's 13,000 industry dependent workers unemployed.
In the period of 1980-1995 Linwood had one of the highest unemployment rates in Scotland. A new development off the M8, opened in 1996 as a dual retail park and leisure park, under a bridge off the slip road, opposite the main entrance to the town. Phoenix is the name of the retail park whose tentants include a 24-hour ASDA store, Currys and a drive-thru McDonalds. The Leisure Park operates a Hollywood Bowl, Burger King restaurant and drive-thru, KFC restaurant and drive-thru, Ashoka Shack and Pizza Hut and a Showcase Cinema. The centre was controversial built for the residents of Paisley, which lents the leisure park its name on the South Side.
Established on the former site of the Rootes Chrysler/Talbot Car Plant and together with the expansion of neighbouring Glasgow Airport, Linwood has become a favoured place to live, because of its easy traveling connections to nearby Glasgow via the M8 motorway and its easy and short traveling distance to Scotland's biggest town Paisley. Local bus links exist between nearby Johnstone, Paisley and Glasgow. They are frequent on a daily basis, and served by chartered bus companies.
Shopping and entertainment are easily accessed pleasures near Linwood. The town boasts a main shopping centre in nearby Paisley as well as easily commutable Glasgow.
Education needs are met by three primary schools, two non-denominational; Woodlands Primary School, and East Fulton Primary School and one Roman Catholic; Our Lady of Peace, and by three nearby high schools; one Roman Catholic High School,St Benedicts, one none-denominational; Linwood High School,temporarily on grounds of the former St Brendans High. and a Private school; St. Columbas. The University of Paisley and University of Glasgow are also within travelling distance, as well as many colleges.
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