Glasgow City Council announced on 26 November that it is considering a tram-train link to connect the city centre and Paisley with Glasgow Airport as part of the Glasgow and Clyde Valley City Deal, which will devolve around GBP1bn in government funding for investment in transport and regeneration. The City Deal will also enable local authorities to borrow up to GBP130m for capital investment.
Under the GBP144.3m proposal, tram-trains would use existing rail infrastructure between Glasgow Central and Paisley Gilmour Street before joining a new light rail alignment, to terminate outside the airport terminal.
A GBP102m Personal Rapid Transit link is still being considered as an alternative and the two proposals are included in a strategic business case developed jointly by Glasgow and Renfrewshire councils, which will be put forward for approval next month. If approved, construction of the tram-train link could begin in 2021 with the aim of a 2025 opening.