As a result of developments within the transport landscape at national, regional and local level, including the findings of Glasgow's Connectivity Commission which recommended that work should be taken forward to develop a Metro proposal, the Glasgow City Region City Deal Cabinet paused the City Deal funded Airport Access Project to develop a Feasibility Study on a wider regional Metro opportunity.
The Metro Feasibility Study was mobilised in 2020, and a multi-disciplinary team established by the council on behalf of the City Region. This strategic appraisal set out to tie-in with local, regional, and national work on transport planning, with work subsequently boosted by the inclusion of a Metro concept as part of the Scottish Government's second Strategic Transport Projects Review (STPR2) Phase 1.
This development enabled the Metro Feasibility Study to become fully aligned, and able to support STPR2 Phase 2 with the following additional, complementary outputs:
The Feasibility Study took a holistic, multi-modal approach, with the project team working closely with key stakeholders to reflect on and develop a common definition and aspiration for what a Metro system is, what it can look like and what it can deliver for Glasgow City Region.
STPR2 Outcomes - 'Clyde Metro'
On 20 January 2022, the Scottish Government published STPR2 Phase 2 - a key document which outlined 45 long term transport investment recommendations that seek to make transport in Scotland more sustainable, and support people to make better, more informed choices on how they travel.
One of the standout recommendations was the inclusion of Clyde Metro - described as a multi-billion investment which, when complete, could better connect over 1.5 million people to employment, education, and health services in and around the Glasgow City Region:
The STPR2 draft recommendations which include Clyde Metro, were subject to a 12-week consultation which closed on 15 April 2022. Feedback received will help inform the final STPR2 Report, with any refinements/additions along with the development of a Delivery Plan forming the basis for strategic transport investment decisions by Scottish Ministers.
The final recommendations are expected to be confirmed later this year. Meantime, STPR2 recommends that Transport Scotland continues to work with the council, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) and other regional partners on developing the business cases and delivery plan for Clyde Metro.
Metro Feasibility Study Project Updates: