Glasgow Airport rail link possible in 10 years

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A rail link between Glasgow city centre and Glasgow Airport has taken a major step forward - following an announcement.

The scheme to build a tram-train link is one of two options being put forward for a new connection between Glasgow city centre, Paisley and Glasgow Airport as the flagship project in the £1.13bn Glasgow and Clyde Valley City Deal.

Tram-train carriages would operate on the heavy rail network between Glasgow Central Station and Paisley Gilmour Street before moving on to new tram rails running between Paisley and the front of the airport terminal building.

This would offer a 16 1/2 minute direct journey between the city centre and the front door of the airport.

A light rail personal rapid transit system is also being considered.

In this scheme, passengers would travel by standard train to Paisley before disembarking and changing onto a new light-rail system to complete their journey to the airport.

Studies have shown that tram-trains would be the best option, offering the best value for money due to its greater attraction for users.

This would result in more people using the service and better journey times for people travelling to and from the airport.

“It would come in at less than half the cost of a new heavy rail solution, which would cost an estimated £317m and is being ruled out as being too expensive.

Councillor Mark Macmillan, Leader of Renfrewshire Council, said: “This new connection will contribute a great deal to the success of the City Region; supporting the airport’s continuing success and generating jobs throughout the area.”

Glasgow Airport MD, Amanda McMillan, said: “This flagship project presents an exciting opportunity to deliver real benefits to the city region and beyond. We welcome all the positive steps that are being taken to progress this important project and will continue to work closely with colleagues at Renfrewshire Council, Glasgow City Council, Transport Scotland and Network Rail.”