A council-led Clyde Metro Team is supporting the development of the mass transit scheme following its recent confirmation by the Scottish Government as a key future transport investment priority.
The team was mobilised following a Connectivity Commission recommendation that a metro proposal should be progressed. Glasgow City Region Cabinet paused the City Deal funded Airport Access Project and tasked the team with developing a feasibility study on a wider regional metro opportunity.
The team, which played a key role in Clyde Metro's inclusion in the Scottish Government's Strategic Transport Projects Review (STPR2), has focused on the transit plan's transformative potential, and is now expected to transition to work as part of the wider project delivery team which includes partner organisations, Transport Scotland and SPT.
Clyde Metro represents a multi-billion investment over a 30-year period and could better connect more than 1.5 million people to employment, education, and health services in and around Glasgow. It would tackle social exclusion by improving access to education and employment opportunities, whilst encouraging fewer car journeys, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and freeing up rail capacity for longer-distance journeys.
You can read more about what a Clyde Metro could deliver for Glasgow City Region by reading the STPR2 Final Summary Report. An indicative metro map is also included in the STPR2 Final Technical Report and is shown below:
The imminent publication of the STPR2 Investment Plan will set out the level of funding, delivery structures and timelines for the next phase of Clyde Metro. Work, led by an interim governance group comprising of Transport Scotland, the council and SPT is underway meantime to assess the work packages required for future business case development.
As a network of route options that improve connectivity would need to be developed that link to key sites including major transport hubs, the scope of the Airport Access Project would be incorporated within the development of a Clyde Metro network and delivery phasing options.
As part of earlier feasibility work, the council's Clyde Metro Team which includes representatives from Glasgow Airport and the NHS, has worked with Invest Glasgow to include within their Greenprint for Investment Prospectus details of how a Metro could attract inward investment and business growth.
In more recent developments, the team has collaborated with Glasgow's Green Economy Unit to explore opportunities that could help identify financial structures for large scale mass transit projects.
The team has also continued to align with the progression of SPT's Regional Transport Strategy and the Glasgow Transport Strategy, as well as other key statutory documents and policy work across regional partners to promote the benefits and opportunities Clyde Metro can bring.
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