Glasgow airport city rail link plan revived

Glasgow airport city rail link plan revived

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Glasgow airport could be connected with the centre of the Scottish city as plans for a rail link are revived.

Two options have emerged after a previous £120 million plan was scrapped in 2009 as being unaffordable in the face of budget cuts.

Any new scheme will be paid for through a £1.13 billion city deal fund from the UK and Scottish governments.

One option costing £144.3 million, would see tram-train carriages run from Glasgow central station to the airport via Paisley.

The other £102 million scheme would see a new light rail system installed between Paisley Gilmour Street and the airport.

The tram-train option would offer a 16.5-minute direct journey between the city centre and the airport.

Construction on could start in 2021 with the service being operational by 2025.

The new rail link options are being led by Glasgow and Renfrewshire councils which have developed a business case for each.

These will be put before councillors in both authorities before going to the Glasgow and Clyde Valley Cabinet for approval in December.

Glasgow City Council leader, Frank McAveety, told the BBC: "We've long argued that a new rail link between the airport and the city centre is essential for the thousands of tourists and business travellers who fly into and out of Glasgow every day.

"The airport already supports thousands of jobs but this new rail link, which is the single biggest element of our city deal, will be the catalyst that takes us to a new level, vastly improving the customer experience and generating even more jobs and inward investment."

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