Riverside transport link gets new boost

26 Mar 2007

Evening Times, by Jonathan Paisley

An ambitious transport project aimed at linking new riverside developments with key sites outside the city has moved a step closer to reality.

Council chiefs have agreed to back plans to run futuristic tram-style buses from Glasgow city centre to Braehead and Clydebank.

Renfrewshire and West Dunbartonshire have both signed formal agreements to support the proposed Clyde Fastlink bus service.

The project would see a fleet of buses running in dedicated lanes on the north and south banks of the Clyde by 2011.

They will speed passengers from the city centre to the SECC, the Glasgow Harbour development at Partick and eventually Clydebank.

Under the plan a second phase will cross the Squinty Bridge to and from Braehead, Renfrew and possibly as far as Glasgow Airport.

Renfrewshire Council leader Jim Harkins said the link would be a major boost to the local economy.

He said: "It would bring economic as well as transport benefits for us and would be a boost for shoppers and commuters."

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport has sent a funding bid to the Executive and won support from Glasgow City, Renfrewshire and West Dunbartonshire councils.

SPT chairman Alistair Watson said he was delighted to have the councils on board - and was looking forward to making the link a reality.

He said: "We're proud to drive this project forward and are very pleased to have the support of Renfrewshire and West Dunbartonshire councils.

"This will ensure the benefits are spread to the neighbouring local authorities on both sides of the Clyde."

Phase One, costing £42million, would go west to Glasgow Harbour. It's expected to run to the SECC by late next year, and the harbour opposite Govan shipyards by summer 2009.

Phases Two and Three could be operational by 2011 with a second Fastlink running over the Squinty Bridge to Braehead, and an extension on the north bank to Clydebank.

The £250,000 hi-tech buses would run every six minutes, each carrying 140 passengers.

 

Reproduced with the permission of the Evening Times (Glasgow) © Newsquest (Herald & Times) Ltd.

  • Artist's impression of Fastlink at Broomielaw by Glasgow City Council

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