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£144m tram-train project mooted to link Glasgow to the airport

Words: Roger Milne

Proposals to create a ‘tram-train’ link between Glasgow Airport and the city centre have been unveiled as part of the emerging city deal for the sub-region.

The scheme would involve a specially designed hybrid tram-train using the existing railway network and on-street tracks.

Under these plans, announced yesterday (25 November) by council leaders, four tram-trains an hour would run in each direction, taking travellers between Glasgow Central Station, Paisley Gilmour Street and the airport.

The tram-trains would travel from Glasgow Central to Paisley before joining a new tram-line system to complete the journey to the airport.

The interchange point at Paisley Gilmour Street would allow passengers destinations on the Ayrshire and Inverclyde train lines to access the service.

The so-called Glasgow Airport Access Project has a price tag of £144 million and could see journey times cut to 16.5 minutes and would bypass the need to use the busy M8.

If approved, the system would be operational by 2025, with construction due to begin in 2022.

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