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PRT proposal for Glasgow Airport rail link


Artist’s impression of the completed Junction 29 station

Junction 29 (Scotland) Ltd has put forward its plan for a Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system as the preferred option for a rail link to Glasgow Airport.

The proposed PRT option is one of two currently being considered by Glasgow and Clyde Valley Cabinet, the other being a tram-train option.

The PRT scheme would feature small automated vehicles running from a relocated Paisley St James station and coming off the existing line that goes through Paisley Gilmour Street station. The vehicles would run on a network of specially built lightweight guideways.

The company claims that the journey would take just 4 minutes and construction could be completed within 12 months.

The cost to deliver the project has been estimated by independent surveying firm, DMA, at £70-80 million.

The company also owns a 40-acre site next to the airport on Junction 29 of the M8, which it says is large enough to provide a park and ride at the new station, alongside additional land for a mixed-use development.

Paul Kelly, Managing Director of Junction 29 Ltd, explained, “The PRT option offers reduced costs, a faster journey time, can be delivered within 12 months and would significantly ease congestion on the M8 corridor between the airport and the city centre.

“Passengers would travel on the Glasgow Central – Gourock/Wemyss Bay line and disembark at a relocated Paisley St James station. They would then join the PRT system and four minutes later, arrive at the airport.”

Paul said Junction 29’s solution was “very similar” to the PRT system already in place at London Heathrow Terminal 5, which he said is “very successful and has high levels of customer satisfaction”.

A decision on the preferred option for the proposed rail link is expected in December.

A diagram illustrating the proposed rail link route

A diagram illustrating the proposed rail link route


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