Plans have been revealed to build a new train station on a 40 acre site near to Glasgow Airport.
The new train facilities would be situated just over a mile from the airport itself and would be used to transport passengers to the terminal on a specialist track using lightweight vehicles. The train station would also feature a park and ride car park for passenger use.
The overall proposal, which is being presented as 2 different options, is being reviewed by Glasgow and Clyde Valley Cabinet. The first option, a Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system, could be built within a year and would cost £70-80 million to construct, whereas the second option would be to simply run trains from Glasgow Central to the airport.
Tom Johnston, chairman of Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce said: “Improved surface access to and from Glasgow Airport is vital not only for the continued success of the airport but for Renfrewshire economy.
"In my opinion, a rail link would deliver significant benefits for Renfrewshire, which would give the area’s businesses a fantastic boost and could potentially bring more jobs to the area.
A PRT-type system is already in place at Glasgow Airport. The PRT option uses well developed and proven technology and features in small automated vehicles, which can be different sizes, operating on a network of specially built lightweight guideways. “The PRT system is also quiet, comfortable, on demand, and one of the most popular systems for passengers around the airport.” – Mark Chestney
Mark Chestney, Head of Rail at Heathrow Airport, said : “The proposed PRT system for Glasgow Airport is very similar to the system at Heathrow Terminal 5 which went into full service in May 2011, taking passengers on the five-minute journey between the terminal and a 1275 space car park.
"Since the service began, the system has carried around two million passengers, has an excellent safety record and availability has been approximately 99.5%.
"The system has removed 70,000 annual bus journeys from the busy Heathrow road system, saving over 100 tonnes of C0 Emissions every year.