Published: 29th November 2015
New proposals have been put forward to revive the concept of a rail link to Glasgow Airport.
One proposal, estimated to cost £144 million, would involve a tram-train link using existing tracks between Glasgow and Paisley and new alignments between Paisley and the airport and in Glasgow city centre.
The other possibility would provide a light rail link between Paisley Gilmour Street station and the airport, at a cost of £102 million.
The previous £120 million concept for a Glasgow Airport Rail Link involved electric trains from Glasgow Central station leaving the Gourock line just after Paisley on a new alignment. That plan was dropped by the devolved Scottish Government in 2009 but work on capacity enhancement went ahead between Glasgow Central and Paisley.
Glasgow and Renfrewshire councils have developed the new proposals. If go-ahead for one is given, it would be part of a £1.13 billion “city deal” for Glasgow and the Clyde Valley, mostly funded by the UK and Scottish governments.
If approved by a “cabinet” representing eight local authorities in the Glasgow and Clyde area, further preparatory work would be done before a final go-ahead.
If the tram-train concept is chosen, construction could start in 2021 with completion possible in 2025.
Under its franchise contract for ScotRail, Abellio has introduced a “travelling classroom” concept for selected schools as part of the Scottish Business in the Community scheme.
The pilot journey involved primary seven pupils from Pitteuchar West Primary School in Fife who travelled across the Forth Bridge to Dalmeny from Glenrothes with Thornton station on 24 November.
A formal launch came on 25 November with an interactive “travelling classroom” experience from Larbert through Falkirk to Edinburgh for 20 S1 pupils and their teachers from Carrongrange School in Larbert.