Air­port link makes sense for Glas­gow

Evening Times - - POINTS OF VIEW -

IWAS in­ter­ested to read yes­ter­day’s ar­ti­cle about the plans for Glas­gow and Ren­frew­shire coun­cils to join forces on the first stage of the pro­posed Glas­gow Metro light rail­way.

The project to link Glas­gow Air­port with Pais­ley Gil­mour Street and even­tu­ally con­nect­ing up key lo­ca­tions on the south side of the river be­fore cross­ing the Clyde to the Queen El­iz­a­beth hos­pi­tal and on into the city cen­tre is am­bi­tious, but very worth­while.

Link­ing the air­port with a pub­lic trans­port con­nec­tion into the city makes sense, both for trav­ellers and for the eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of sites along the route.

It also has the po­ten­tial to take a lot of air­port traf­fic off the busy M8 re­duc­ing the car­bon foot­print of travel in the process.

The Ed­in­burgh tram ex­pe­ri­ence with long de­lays, mas­sive dis­rup­tion and con­sid­er­able cost over-runs will make many peo­ple wary but lessons can be learned from that ex­pe­ri­ence and with full trans­parency of ac­count­abil­ity be­tween con­trac­tors and project man­agers, most prob­lems can be man­aged suc­cess­fully. Manch­ester is plan­ning a sim­i­lar de­vel­op­ment to in­te­grate its trans­port pro­vi­sion, sim­i­lar schemes in Lon­don and New­cas­tle are al­ready suc­cess­fully up and run­ning.

It is time for Glas­gow now to take this pos­i­tive step into the fu­ture.

Name and ad­dress sup­plied

SCHOOL uni­form grants’ aware­ness has been heav­ily shared on Face­book and other sites (Num­ber of grants to buy school cloth­ing in Glas­gow soars, Tues­day).

It’s lit­tle won­der ap­pli­ca­tions have in­crease – £110 for free and you don’t even have to buy a uni­form with it nor pro­vide re­ceipts the you have the £250 for start­ing pri­mary one.

An­drew Burns

WHAT a sad story (Glas­gow mum shares heart­break­ing 10-Year Chal­lenge af­ter teen’s sui­cide, Tues­day). My heart goes out to Brit­ney and her fam­ily. Shaun Costello

AN­OTHER mas­sive protest (Protest held in Buchanan Street call­ing for no war with Iran, Tues­day), the same peo­ple, anti ev­ery­thing and al­ways against their own coun­try.

Ge­orge Walker

HOW about an un­der­ground car park (Chance to give views on new Byres Road plans opened by Glas­gow City Coun­cil, Tues­day). Driv­ers bring a lot of busi­ness to the area – stop cas­ti­gat­ing us. John David­son

PARK­ING is an is­sue in this area. It puts me off vis­it­ing the West End at the week­end.


An artist’s im­pres­sion of a planned link for Glas­gow Air­port

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