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Tram-train link proposed from Glasgow to airport

Tram-train link proposed from Glasgow to airport

Plans for a new £144 million tram-train link from Glasgow city centre to the airport have been published.

Unveiled by Renfrewshire Council and Glasgow City Council, the link would provide a direct rail connection from the airport to the city and would be built using funding from the £1.13 billion Glasgow and Clyde Valley City Deal.

Glasgow's council cabinet will vote on the deal next month and if they back the plan, construction could begin in 2021 and be finished in time for the link to be operational in 2025.

Managing director of Glasgow Airport Amanda McMillan said: "Improving transport links to Glasgow Airport is a top priority for us, particularly at a time when we are enjoying sustained passenger growth. Over the past 12 months alone we have welcomed an additional one million passengers through our doors, so it is important that improved transport links can be achieved as soon as possible."

The new system would use a combination of existing heavy rail lines and purpose-built light rail track. This would copy the method used by tram systems in other British cities, most notably Manchester's Metrolink network.

It would take passengers from Glasgow Central station to the airport via Paisley Gilmour Street station, which would provide an interchange with rail services into Paisley and help cut traffic congestion on the M8 between the city and airport.

The new initiative comes seven years after plans for a direct rail link to the airport were scrapped on cost grounds by the Scottish government.

That was one of a series of disappointments for local transport campaigners, along with the abandonment of plans to extend the Glasgow Subway system.

Built in 1896, the original circular route has never been extended and 2007 plans for an interlinked second circle were also rejected on cost grounds.

Earlier this year, a petition was launched in support of a campaign to extend the system, but Strathclyde Passenger Transport have said this is unaffordable.

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