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Glasgow Airport rail link proposals go to Parliament today

10.06.05

A Bill proposing a rail link between Glasgow Airport and the city centre will be sent to the Scottish Parliament by Strathclyde Passenger Transport (SPT) today. It is asking for parliamentary approval for the route, which would see a train service to the airport by 2008.

Under the plan, the little used Platform 11A at Glasgow Central train station would be extended, to allow 4 trains an hour to use new track laid from Paisley Gilmour Street to Glasgow airport. The journey time is likely to be 15 minutes.

At the moment, 95% of Glasgow Airport's 8.6 million passengers a year arrive by road. An independent report earlier this year estimated that the rail link would bring an extra 52,000 visitors and £10m a year to the local economy. It would cost £145m to build.

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