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Rail link moves a step closer, but MSPs want pitches pledge


A pledge to provide 4 football pitches must be made before work can start on the Glasgow airport rail link, a committee of MSPs has said. The call came as the committee scrutinising plans for the £160m scheme backed the Glasgow Airport Rail Link (Garl) at the second stage of the private bill going through the Scottish Parliament to support it.

The MSPs said a commitment must be made to provide 4 pitches at Paisley. Their report also called for a pledge to upgrade existing pitches at St James' Park and to provide 2 new pitches at Ferguslie Park.

MSPs also pledged to make improvements on the legal requirements to reduce the impact of construction on the project. Hours in which construction work can take place have been reduced and a greater monitoring role is being given to local councils.

The bill is now set to go before a full parliament hearing. A spokesman for Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, who are promoting the scheme, said he was still hopeful royal assent could be achieved by the end of the year or early in 2007.

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