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Transport Minister gives support to faltering Glasgow Airport Rail Link proposals

Plans to provide Glasgow Airport with a rail link received a major boost after the Transport Minister confirmed the scheme holds his full support. Proposals to connect Glasgow Airport to Scotland’s rail network have been in play for a while now with no real progress. Plans were resurrected in 2016, with Transport Minister Humza Yousaf saying there was no reason why the Glasgow Airport Access Project (GAAP) could not go ahead. He said Glasgow City Region partners can overcome the issues identified in a report by consultants.

Transport Scotland had commissioned the report from transport specialists Jacobs who found the current business plan for the link would slow down existing services and take space at Central Station needed for far busier trains.

The experts also said the multi-million pound scheme would struggle to win passengers as it would be slower and less convenient than the bus for many people.

Humza Yousaf said about the plans: “There is still some work to be done on the Airport Access Project, and the impact it will have on other services in Ayrshire and Inverclyde, and what the costs are like perhaps in areas that they haven’t taken cognisance of.”

“But all that being said, I am positive about finding a solution to the airport access project, it just can’t come at additional cost to the Scottish taxpayer who have already put in a lump sum for City Deal projects.”

The new link would be expected to be funded by the City Deal, a pot of roughly £1 billion for investment from the UK and Scottish Governments.

A Transport Scotland spokesperson added “The Glasgow Airport Access Project, part of the Glasgow City Region Deal, will continue to have our full support and we want to see it succeed recognising as the audit report says that there are significant challenges to the delivery of any rail link to Glasgow Airport.”

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