Clyde Metro takes step closer

The multi billion pound Clyde Metro project took another huge step forward today after plans were backed by the Scottish Government.

The overground proposal would link the Greater Glasgow area with a series of new metro and light rail lines, branching off from existing heavy rail line. The implications and benefits to all are huge, with over 1.5 million people in this area being better connected.

For us here in Blantyre, the nearest hub would be in Cambuslang, where the metro terminus would be located.

The plans are part of the Strategic Transport Projects Review. The Scottish Government has published a report that will inform Scotland’s transport investment programme over the next 20 years.

The metro would span from Clydebank to Cambuslang, from Easterhouse to East Kilbride. This project will make a substantial contribution to tackling climate change, reducing car-based trips and associated emissions.

Transport Secretary, Michael Matheson said the plan would benefit communities in and around Glasgow. Matheson said the delivery plan would be published after the 12-week consultation period.

Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council said: “Today’s announcement marks a major step forward in our commitment to creating a modern, sustainable, integrated public transport system for the city of Glasgow and its surrounding metropolitan region.”

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