Ar­rest over ‘as­sault’

Evening Times - - NEWS - BY STE­WART PATER­SON PO­LIT­I­CAL COR­RE­SPON­DENT

A TEENAGE boy has been ar­rested and re­leased af­ter an al­leged as­sault near a canal in Glas­gow.

Of­fi­cers swooped on the canal patch near Firhill Sta­dium in Mary­hill on Box­ing Day fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent, thought to have taken place at around 5am.

The force could not pro­vide the age of the vic­tim.

THE Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment is to con­sider the plans for a city-wide Glas­gow Metro, the First Min­is­ter has said. Ni­cola Stur­geon re­vealed the pro­pos­als for a Metro tram net­work across Glas­gow will be in­cluded in the Strate­gic Trans­port Projects Re­view, which eval­u­ates and de­cides on which projects, that re­quire gov­ern­ment fund­ing and sup­port, get taken for­ward.

Ear­lier this week we re­ported that lead­ers in Glas­gow and Ren­frew­shire had agreed to the first phase from the Air­port to Pais­ley Gil­mour Street Sta­tion us­ing cash from the city deal.

The plan is to ex­tend the line along the south of River Clyde to Brae­head, Ren­frew town cen­tre and the Queen El­iz­a­beth Univer­sity Hos­pi­tals, then across the river into the city cen­tre.

It would be the first line of many across Glas­gow, in­clud­ing lines from the east and north.

Ms Stur­geon said rec­om­men­da­tions will be made next year on which projects should be de­vel­oped.

She said: “That re­view is the largest strat­egy in trans­port ap­praisal for a decade. Work on it is un­der way, and it will make rec­om­men­da­tions in early 2021 on the trans­port in­ter­ven­tions that are re­quired to de­liver the pri­or­i­ties and out­comes of the new na­tional trans­port strat­egy.

“In ad­di­tion to that, Trans­port Scot­land of­fi­cials have al­ready com­mit­ted to work­ing with the rel­e­vant lo­cal author­i­ties to in­form the on-go­ing ap­praisal of the metro pro­posal.”

She was asked by Ge­orge Adam, Pais­ley SNP MSP, about the plans for the air­port to the Ren­frew­shire town.

He said: “Connectivi­ty to Glas­gow Air­port has been de­bated for many years.

“The cur­rent pro­posal is the most am­bi­tious yet, and is the best op­tion to pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for the air­port and Pais­ley.”

He asked if Ms Stur­geon sup­ported the Metro to ben­e­fit Ren­frew­shire and the south of Glas­gow.

Ms Stur­geon replied:

“Yes.

Ihave enor­mous sym­pa­thy with the case that the coun­cils are putting for­ward, as the MSP for Glas­gow South­side.

“I ab­so­lutely recog­nise the po­ten­tial to en­hance connectivi­ty, in­clud­ing to the air­port and Pais­ley, which is why the pro­gramme for Gov­ern­ment com­mit­ted to ap­prais­ing the scheme in the strate­gic trans­port projects re­view. That is the right way to pro­ceed.”

Labour and Con­ser­va­tive MSPs were less en­thu­si­as­tic about the com­mit­ments made and wanted as­sur­ances the link would con­nect to Glas­gow.

Tory trans­port spokesman Jamie Greene asked: “Will the First Min­is­ter pro­vide the sim­ple re­as­sur­ance that her Gov­ern­ment

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