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Saturday, 19 May, 2001, 09:22 GMT 10:22 UK
Tram plans are discussed
City tram and bus
Trams have proved to be a success in Manchester
A plan to bring trams back to the streets of Glasgow has been discussed at a conference in the city.

The ClydeMetro campaign is seeking to bring 'light rail' services to the city's streets and existing rail lines.

The conference at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery, organised by the Scottish Association for Public Transport, heared that light rail provides a realistic alternative to car use and can help regenerate socially excluded areas.

The 300m strategic plan to reduce traffic jams and ease rail bottlenecks, seeks to highlight opportunities and programmes for urban public transport to be considered by Transport Minister Sarah Boyack.

Sarah Boyack
Sarah Boyack wants to see more trams
Ms Boyack has stated that she will welcome light rail proposals and the Scottish Executive is preparing a five-year-plan for city transport strategies.

The ClydeMetro plan envisages a high frequency "turn up and go" network over the next five years, which would double rail usage in Glasgow.

The new metro services would be capable of joint running with existing trains.

An expansion in park and ride facilities and additional stations would be required, but campaigners say this is a low cost solution to public transport.

Outer zone

The plan wants to see the rail network extended to Glasgow Airport, Larkhall, Pacific Quay, Ibrox, Parkhead and East Kilbride.

Campaigners say this would only require short sections of new route to be added to existing lines.

In the long term, an extension of the service to an "outer zone" including Renfrewshire and urban Lanarkshire is the aim.

Organisers said the conference tested the level of support for innovative, yet realistic, new strategies to ease rail bottlenecks and expand the strong growth in rail usage which has been apparent since 1995.

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