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Glasgow City Council abandons plans for rail link between city centre and airport

Glasgow City Council has abandoned its plans to build a direct rail link between Glasgow city centre and Glasgow Airport.

The rail link was supposed to be part of the £1.13bn Glasgow City Region deal agreed in 2014, and was intended to be operational by 2025.

However, following several delays and concerns over rail capacity at Glasgow Central station, the council has stated they will explore other options – a decision which has drawn criticism from former council leaders and politicians.

Glasgow Labour leader Frank McAveety commented: “This is the second time that Glasgow has had its rail link project axed by the SNP. Glasgow is one of few cities of its size that does not have a dedicated rail link to its airport.

“This is a betrayal for the city. The Glasgow Airport Rail Link project has undergone review after review. It’s time the SNP stopped dragging their feet, put the Glasgow Airport Rail Link project back on track, and invested in the railway network that our city needs.”

Glasgow City Council leader Susan Aitken said investing in a direct rail link would be a “massive risk”, however. 

She added: “Serious doubts remain about the viability of the option Mr McAveety continues to champion, about major detrimental impacts upon the daily running of the country’s biggest railway station, and whether tram-train financially stacks up.”