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Airport boss calls rail link decision 'a backward step'

28.10.09

The managing director of Glasgow Airport told MSPs the decision to scrap the airport rail link is a ‘backwards step’. Amanda McMillan told Holyrood's Transport Committee an enhanced bus service (planned by the Government) was no substitute for a railway, and both the airport and Glasgow would suffer as a result of the decision. She also revealled that the airport was only told about the decision 20 minutes before the SNP announced it in parliament.

Ms McMillan told the committee the airport's growth was built on its ‘unique partnership’ with the city and the country. She said: ‘We are extremely disappointed about the decision to cancel the rail link. There is a pressing need to improve surface access to and from the airport, otherwise the city and airport will suffer.’

‘We made a commitment to do something that would have improved our standing on the world stage and would have unquestionably improved the image people have when arriving in the city. It is taking a step backwards by pulling away from the project and not continuing to invest jointly in creating an international gateway.’

Ms McMillan also criticised the proposed Government-funded Fastlink bus service from Glasgow, saying the project as it currently stands would fail to deliver a fast and reliable journey from the city centre.

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