Benefits for air passengers
£144m tram train link for Glasgow Airport
The £144 million Glasgow Airport Access Project – the flagship project for the £1.13 billion Glasgow City Region City Deal – was approved by city councillors.
Specially designed tram-trains will use the existing railway network and a new light rail spur from Paisley to the airport.
This model was chosen as the preferred option after an appraisal established it offered the greatest opportunity of encouraging people to travel to and from the airport via public transport.
Backers of an alternative Personal rapid transit option, running from a relocated Paisley St James station, claimed it would cost only £70m to £80m and could be built in 12 months.
It would have involved a spur from the existing main rail line which goes through Paisley Gilmour Street station.
However, the council opted for the tram-train option which they say will reduce the required time for all trips travelling through Glasgow City Centre and Paisley Gilmour Street to the airport by providing a direct link with no changes required.
Glasgow Airport’s head of planning and development, Ross Nimmo, said of the project: “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.
“This is great news for travellers, and whether they choose the train, the bus or the car, Glasgow Airport will be easier to get to than ever before.”
> Loganair has switched a flight from Edinburgh to Glasgow airport in protest at a new “congestion charge” for morning rush-hour flights.
The airline, which operates to the Highlands and Islands under a Flybe franchise, also accused Edinburgh’s management of not being interested in smaller aircraft.
Edinburgh Airport said the extra £2 charge would be offset by fees being cut by £1 per passenger on international flights between November and March.
A spokesman said: “In next year’s peak period, we have demand for more scheduled departures than it is physically possible for us to accommodate on the existing flight paths.
“We cannot tell airlines when they can take off and land, so a small congestion charge option – where airlines have the choice to pay if the departure time is critical to them or be rescheduled out of peak time – will come into play.
“We have engaged with Loganair to try to find an equitable solution – something we have successfully found with other carriers.
“We respect its decision to not move their scheduled departure time by up to 15 minutes and look forward to continuing to do business with them in 2017.”