Clyde Metro takes centre stage in Holyrood transport blueprint
January 21 2022
A long trailed ambition to deliver a conurbation wide metro network from Clydebank to Cambuslang has been given the blessing of the Scottish Government's Strategic Transport Projects Review (STPR2).
The Clyde Metro project, first outlined in a report by the Connectivity Commission, has been confirmed as an investment priority alongside 45 other draft recommendations for investment through to 2042.
It calls for a mass transit solution for the Glasgow City Region to improve connectivity in areas currently ill-served by public transport - such as the airport.
Cllr Susan Aitken, leader of Glasgow City Council, said: "Metro will be transformational - reducing social and economic inequalities, delivering on economic growth, better connecting outlying and poorly served communities and incentivising large-scale modal shift from private car to public transport.
"Over the past several decades, modern rapid transit systems like Metro are what Glasgow's comparator cities across the globe have been busy constructing. We cannot continue to be left behind. More than arguably any other single intervention, Clyde Metro can help deliver a vibrant, prosperous, inclusive, and sustainable city region, a transport system fit for our international standing and ambitions."
Other headline grabbing initiatives contained in the report include a bridge or tunnel to connect the Outer Hebrides as well as lower key measures such as electrification of the Fife Circle and Perth to Inverness route; the creation of segregated freeways for cycling and walking and more 20mph zones.
A consultation on the 20-year transport strategy will run until 15 April.