Paisley pod plan set to ferry passengers to Glasgow Airport
October 14 2016plans for a heavy rail link were scrapped.
Under two competing proposals for City Deal funding the route would be serviced either by a £144m tram/train option to Glasgow Central via Paisley Gilmour Street, which could reduce airport journey times to just over 16 minutes.
Alternatively, the £80m PRT system may get the nod, linking to a 'Glasgow International Railway Station' in four minutes it would take just 12 months to build. This would see a fleet of small automated pods shuttle between the two stops on custom-built lightweight guideways.
The idea has already received the backing of Junction 29. Landowner of a 40 acre site at the airport. Its MD, Paul Kelly, said: “The PRT option…would significantly ease congestion on the M8 corridor between the airport and the city centre. Our PRT solution is very similar to what is already in place at London Heathrow Terminal 5, which is very reliable and has high levels of customer satisfaction.
“Passengers would travel on the Glasgow Central – Gourock/Wemyss Bay line and disembark at a relocated Paisley St James station. They would then join the PRT system and four minutes later, arrive at the airport.”
A final decision is expected to be made by December.
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