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New £10bn Glasgow Metro plan with trams and reopened train routes unveiled for city

Monday April 29th, 2019

A city-wide Glasgow Metro should be built to create a new comprehensive public transport system, according to a panel of experts.Government Opportunities

The idea is the centrepiece of a new report into Glasgow’s transport for the future by the Connectivity Commission.

The Connectivity Commission was set up by council leader Susan Aitken to investigate improving transport and reducing congestion and enable people to get from communities to where the public services and jobs are.

The plan would see the proposed new rail link connecting Glasgow Airport to Paisley Gilmour Street station able to be extended along the south bank of the River Clyde connecting the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Braehead to the city centre.

Other routes would include trams to the east end and west end, running along the centre of main thoroughfares like Great Western Road and Edinburgh Road.

A Subway Eastern Circle is also proposed by the Commission. and converting the Cathcart circle rail line to a metro with faster more frequent trains into Glasgow Central.

The Commission report, which was chaired by Professor David Begg, a former transport adviser to the UK Government, argues massive change is needed.

It states: “The first priority of such a wider strategy to transform the fixed public network should be the creation of a comprehensive Glasgow Metro for the city.

“The Glasgow Metro would be a network of high capacity rapid transit lines serving as much of the city as possible so that the fixed transport system plays the fullest possible role in ensuring inclusive growth across the city’s communities, sustaining the international competitiveness of the key employment concentrations in and around the city centre.

“Notwithstanding our comments on technological choices for the wider Glasgow Metro network above, we are clear that the link between the heavy rail interchange at Paisley and the Airport should be of a kind that is capable of being extended to the city centre along the South Clyde Growth Corridor as a full Glasgow Metro line.

“This quite clearly means that autonomous pods are not an appropriate solution for the Airport connection.

“Furthermore, we understand the term ‘People Mover’ to mean an automatic shuttle type train of the kind used at Gatwick Airport for the inter-terminal link.

“Whilst this would provide a good connection between Paisley and the Airport, it would be difficult to extend this kind of system over any significant distance towards the city.”

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