Glasgow council leader backs airport metro link

Jan 7, 2020

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Council leaders in Glasgow and Renfrewshire have agreed to funding for a tram link from Glasgow Airport. The first phase of the project would go from Paisley Gilmour Street Station to Glasgow Airport. Paisley, situated 10 miles West of Glasgow, is one of the closest towns to the airport and would be the first place to be connected — a journey of less than two miles.

(Image courtesy of Glasgow Connectivity Commission)

According to the BBC, the leader of Glasgow City Council Susan Aitken said, “Funding is already in place to deliver a first phase, linking Paisley with Glasgow Airport”. Before work can go ahead, support for the project needs to be confirmed by other council members.

Despite a confirmation of funding, there is currently no planned start or completion date for the airport tram link project.

The connection between Paisley and Glasgow Airport would be the start of a potential wider Metro system for Glasgow, which would connect the centre of the city with the wider Glasgow area and suburbs, which are currently underserved by public transport.

(Image courtesy of Glasgow Connectivity Commission)

Since 2006, there have been several proposals for a rail link to Glasgow Airport, which never got the go ahead. In 2009, a £120m plan for the Glasgow Rail Link was scrapped due to U.K.-wide austerity cuts. The plans for a GLA link were resurfaced in 2014, leading to this point.

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