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March 19 2010

Salmond promises rapid Fastlink support
Willie O’Rourke, chair of Glasgow Clyde Regeneration Ltd, has stated that “personal assurances” have been given by Scotland’s First Minister that required financial support will be forthcoming for Glasgow’s vaunted Fastlink project.

The scheme will see a dedicated bus route introduced along the Clyde in time for the Commonwealth Games in 2014 to ferry spectators between riverfront venues.

Costed at £40m it will run from Dalmarnock to the SECC with possibility of future expansion to the Southern General Hospital and follows cancellation of the Glasgow Airport Rail Link.

Ministers are awaiting submission of a detailed business case from Strathclyde Passenger Transport and Glasgow City Council before addressing detailed funding issues.

2 Comments

Eric
#1 Posted by Eric on 23 Mar 2010 at 08:46 AM
Not so sure about this,the gvt have only suggested £40m which only covers secc to central station,and at present theres already a train route from secc to east end now,and a disused line to parkhead,some routes should be converted from heavy to light rail to get the citys transport system into this century.
David
#2 Posted by David on 25 Mar 2010 at 15:02 PM
I cannot believe that this is being suggested as a viable alternative to a tram system, extension to our underground and even as a replacement to GARL. When is the government of this country going to realise the economic value of our largest city and give it the public transport network it deserves? Rail connections to both its international airports, an urban metro system and proper trams lines to parts of the city that the underground cannot expand to. Lets hope Glasgow's people and politicians do not accept this glorified bus lane as the solution to the city's transport problems. If a city one fifth of the size of Glasgow is getting £500 million + for a single tram line, then we derserve a lot more than the Fastlink proposal.

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