Scottish council leaders have unveiled plans to create a new tram-train link between Glasgow Airport, Paisley and the city centre.
The £144m Glasgow Airport Access Project is a significant part of the £1.13bn Glasgow City Region City deal and is expected to cut journey times to 16.5 minutes.
The system will carry passengers on specially designed tram-trains using both the existing railway network a new light rail spur from Paisley to the airport.
Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “Glasgow Airport is key to the success of our local and regional economies.
“It supports more than 7,300 jobs, 4,300 of which are in Renfrewshire, and this project will help increase annual passenger numbers from nine million to 13 million by 2030.”
Glasgow City Region Cabinet will endorse plans for the new rail project next month after it is being discussed by Renfrewshire and Glasgow City councils.
If approved, the system is expected to be operational by 2025, with construction set to begin in 2022.
Glasgow City Region Cabinet chair Frank McAveety said: “We’ve long argued that a new rail link between the airport and the city centre is essential for the thousands of tourists and business travellers who fly into and out of Glasgow every day.
“The airport already supports thousands of jobs but this new rail link, which is the single biggest element of our City Deal, will be the catalyst that takes us to a new level, vastly improving the customer experience and generating even more jobs and inward investment.”
UK Government Minister Andrew Dunlop said: "The Glasgow Region City Deal will transform the local economy, drive economic prosperity and help create nearly 30,000 jobs and I was pleased that the UK Government is supporting it with a £500m investment.
The new tram-trains will provide a convenient alternative transport option and help prevent motorway gridlock.
Image: Glasgow City Region Cabinet will endorse plans for the new rail project next month after being discussed by Renfrewshire and Glasgow City councils. Photo: © Glasgow Airport Limited.