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Rail link objectors get their say
Image of Glasgow Airport train platform
More than six miles of track will link Glasgow Airport to Central Station
Opponents of the proposed rail link between Glasgow Central Station and the city's airport have 60 days to lodge a formal objection.

The private bill has been introduced to the Scottish Parliament by Strathclyde Passenger Transport.

Based on 2004 prices SPT estimates building the new link will cost 160m.

The rail link involves upgrading five and a half miles of track and laying one mile of track between Paisley St. James Station and Glasgow Airport.

The new track could be up and running by 2009 if given the go-ahead.

Councillor Alistair Watson, chairman of SPT and the west of Scotland transport partnership, said: "This brings a fast, direct rail link between Glasgow Central and Glasgow Airport one step nearer.

"We will continue to work closely with individuals and groups with an interest in this project.

"The building of Glasgow Airport rail link would bring real economic benefits to Scotland, enhance its transport infrastructure and raise Glasgow's profile as an international destination."

Tourism impact

Liaison groups and forums will be set up to allow community groups and individuals to speak to SPT.

The Department for Transport estimates passenger numbers at Glasgow Airport will almost double, from 8.2 million a year in 2003 to more than 15 million a year in 2030.

BAA Scotland's latest forecasts indicate passenger numbers could rise as high as 24 million by 2030.

At present 95% of passengers travelling to Glasgow Airport do so by road.

SPT claims the link will also benefit the tourist industry.

There is currently a 20 fee to lodge an objection.

Copies of the bill are available on the Scottish Parliament website and at five public libraries: Paisley Central, Renfrew, Cardonald, Ibrox and Hillhead.

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