END OF THE LINE; Fury in Glasgow as Nats' budget cuts see 'vital' Games rail link cancelled.
THE SNP government yesterday axed the West of Scotland's biggest rail project as part of a package of budget cuts.
The pounds 400million Glasgow Airport Rail Link, known as GARL, will be scrapped despite helping to secure the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
It was to link Glasgow's Central station to the airport via Paisley, creating 1,300 jobs. The airport stretch will not go ahead, but improvments between Glasgow and Paisley will continue.
Glasgow will get funding towards the city's "Fastlink" guided bus system.
Finance Secretary John Swinney said he "reluctantly" scrapped the scheme to save pounds 170million, as he outlined the pounds 35billion budget for 2010/11.
But the Labour leader of Glasgow City Council, Steven Purcell, said: "The SNP government's decision is a dagger in the heart of Glasgow.
"The Airport Rail Link was a vital piece of infrastructure for the Commonwealth Games and the continued economic growth of the West of Scotland. The Scottish government has a clear anti-Glasgow agenda."
Swinney said GARL's rising costs had forced his hand but insisted he had not broken promises over the Games bid.
BUDGET John Swinney
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Sep 18, 2009|
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