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Airport link project takes a step forward.

Byline: EXPRESS REPORTER

Plans to create a direct link from Glasgow Airport to Paisley and beyond are moving ahead.

The Glasgow Airport Access Project (GAAP) is a Glasgow City Region City Deal project being delivered jointly by Renfrewshire Council and Glasgow City Council.

Back in January, plans for a tramtrain link hit problems following a study, which said it would impact negatively on other services in the West of Scotland and on Central Station, which is at capacity.

Now the council partners are working together on developing a revised business case for a Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system.

A spokesman for Renfrewshire Council said: "Improving transport links to Glasgow Airport supports the sustainable growth of the airport and is vital to the continued economic growth of the city region economy.

"It is important we get the right solution and detailed work has been undertaken to consider all options. In January it was confirmed all partners are working together on developing a revised business case for a Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system.

"This revised business case will also explore improved accessibility to a major innovation district being developed next to the airport which will bring thousands of new jobs to Renfrewshire and help secure the future of Scotland's vital manufacturing industry."

Glasgow City Council leader Susan Aitken said plans for a tramtrain link were dead after scrutiny from experts showed it to be flawed.

She said: "It was agreed across all the partners to develop a revised outline business case, with a focus on systems such as those used across the UK and European airports.

"Personal Rapid Transit encompass a whole range of different types of transportation, which will link the airport directly into our existing rail system, as is the norm for airport access links.

"That work is being carried out and whatever the final form of the new project and the new link, it will take place within the same timescale as the tram-train project."

The Personal Rapid Transit system, or podcars, would feed into Paisley's Gilmour Street train station.

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The future? An artist's impression of how the GAAP could look and (inset) a PRT podcar

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Publication:Paisley Daily Express (Paisley, Scotland)
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Date:Apr 9, 2019
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