Glasgow Airport tram link on track for 2025
November 24 2016
The Glasgow Airport Access Project would comprise custom-built tram-trains capable of running on existing railway lines and a newly built light rail spur from paisley to the airport.
If endorsed by Glasgow City Region Cabinet construction could commence on the link by 2022 and be operational by 2025 with up to four tram-trains per hour shuttling back and forth.
An interchange halt at Paisley Gilmour Street would also facilitate onward journeys to Ayrshire and Inverclyde, bypassing the congested city centre entirely.
Ross Nimmo, head of planning and development for Glasgow Airport, said: “We welcome the identification of tram train as the preferred option. Not only is it a significant milestone in the Glasgow Airport Access Project, it is the culmination of rigorous planning over several years. It has a very strong business case, with conservative estimates suggesting the airport is set to become one of the busiest train stations in Scotland.”
Journey times on the new route are estimated at 16.5 minutes, longer than the 15 minutes it currently takes to reach Central Station by bus – although the M8 suffers regular rush hour congestion.
AECOM and Soluis Group have worked on the project thus far, with a lead designer set to be appointed next year.
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