Glasgow Airport’s high profile overhaul has taken another step forward, with plans now lodged for a train station at the hub and an extended rail link.
An application has been made to build two platforms a stone’s throw from the main terminal – and four trains an hour will likely run between the airport and Glasgow Central station once the plans are processed and the long-awaited rail link is completed in 2011.
In the meantime progress is well under way for the airport’s much-anticipated ‘Skyhub,’ the new terminal building which is due to open later this year and carries high hopes for increased passenger efficiency and security procedures.
The £31 million project centres around a futuristic light-flooded building on the site of the walkway between the main terminal and Terminal 2, with a purpose-built security floor designed to reduce security checking time to five minutes for 95 per cent of travellers.
Replacing the existing three-zone security layout (international, domestic and east pier), the new search area will be equipped with up to 14 x-ray machines, an increase of four on present capacity.
Commenting on the importance of both rail and road links to the airport, councillor Alistair Watson, chairman of the Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, said: "Every major international city has an airport rail link and Glasgow should be no different. Once the M74 extension, Glasgow Airport Rail Link and the Crossrail projects are built, the airport will have the best surface access of any in the UK."