Renfrewshire Council

SBC's Approved (Dec 2015)


The Strategic Business Case's (SBC) for both CWRR and GAIA were approved by the Glasgow and Clyde Valley Cabinet on 23 June 2015.

Grontmij have been successful in being appointed as Lead Consultants for both projects. Grontmij are responsible for advancing the detailed consideration of options for the works. This option identification and consideration stage is now underway.


The Airport Access Project Strategic Business Case (SBC) which has been developed jointly by Renfrewshire Council and Glasgow City Council was put before councillors in both authorities before being approved by the Glasgow and Clyde Valley Cabinet on 15 December 2015.

Further work now be done to develop the relevant options / solutions in more detail before a final, preferred choice is made later in 2016.

Following approval of the SBC, further work will now be done to develop the two best performing options in more detail. The two options being taken forward are:

  • A tram-train would operate on the heavy rail network between Glasgow Central Station and Paisley Gilmour Street before moving on to new tram rails running between Paisley and the front of the airport terminal building. This would offer a 16.5-minute direct journey between the city centre and the front door of the airport.
  • A light rail personal rapid transit system is also being considered. In this scheme, passengers would travel by standard train to Paisley before disembarking and changing onto a new light-rail system to complete their journey to the airport.

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