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Possible Personal Rapid Transport link for Glasgow Airport

The Glasgow Airport Access Project (AAP) is the City Deal’s flagship project and emphasises the importance of Renfrewshire’s role in the future economic success of the region.

Plans to build a rail link to Glasgow Airport have again been scrapped in favour of a Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) scheme instead.

A plan to connect the airport to the city directly from Glasgow Central Station, also stopping at Paisley Gilmour Street station, was put forward as part of the £1.13 billion Glasgow City Region deal agreed in 2014.

Carrying over nine million passengers per year, Glasgow Airport’s continuing success and expansion is vital to the wider economy of the Glasgow City Region area and to Renfrewshire’s economic development.

Partners working to deliver the new transport link to Glasgow Airport are developing plans for a PRT – Personal Rapid Transport as a potential alternative to a tram-train.

Partners now believe that it is likely to emerge as the preferred option and will ask the City Region Cabinet to approve work on an Outline Business Case, to be completed later this year.

A meeting of the project’s Executive Steering Group heard that the scheme could be delivered within the existing budget and timescale, being operational in 2025.