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New report says Glasgow Airport train link could create 700 jobs in Paisley


The planned train link from Glasgow City to Glasgow Airport could create 700 jobs in Paisley, a report by consultants has suggested. If the link is given the go-ahead by the Scottish Parliament, it could be operational by the end of 2008.

A new report by Roger Tym & Partners says the service will generate £84m of economic benefits in Renfrewshire during its first 10 years of operation. The consultants' report, released by Strathclyde Passenger Transport (SPT), says that the link could support the development of 135,000 square feet of office space in the centre of Paisley 3 to 4 years after it come into service. This could create 675 - 700 new jobs in the area, the report suggests.

Councillor Alistair Watson, also chairman of SPT, said trains running between Glasgow Airport and Glasgow Central will make one stop, at Paisley Gilmour Street. 'This not only provides easy transport for people living in Paisley and working at the airport, it also means Paisley could be the first stop for the 8.2 million and rising people who use Glasgow Airport every year,' he said.

The route for the new train link suggested by SPT includes upgrading 5.4 miles of existing track between Shields Junction and Paisley Gilmour Street station, and to lay 1.2 miles of new track between Paisley St James Station and Glasgow Airport. The track will cross St James Park and the M8 and the development is expected to cost £145m.

As reported in this earlier glasgow airport news story, SPT submitted a draft bill to the Scottish Parliament on 10 June, and aims to submit its final bill in October after the current consultation period ends. Objectors will then have 60 days to register their views. The formal consultation process, wich ended in February, received 1,638 responses.

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