And finally… World’s longest moving walkway suggested as Glasgow city centre to airport link

airport walkwayThe world’s longest moving walkway is the latest suggestion to end the long running saga of linking Glasgow Airport and the city centre, The Herald has reported.

Architect Maurice Rodger has mooted the mile-long sky travelator as an affordable solution to the Glasgow Airport rail link which he claims would cut the cost from £144 million to just £10m.

Mr Rodger of ID>A Design has drawn up a rough plan to create a new train station on the Glasgow to Wemyss Bay line near the Ferguslie Park housing estate in Paisley. This would then combine with a covered moving walkway which he estimates could take pedestrians to Glasgow Airport’s main terminal in just eight minutes

A recent report found that Glasgow City Council’s plans for a tram-train link from the city centre to the airport would struggle to justify the expected £144m cost. The tram-train link was mooted after the Scottish Government cancelled plans for a direct rail link in 2009 as a result of the economic crisis. As a result of Glasgow’s City Deal, the idea was resurrected with a specially designed tram and a relocated Paisley St James station planned to reduce journey times.

Mr Rodger said: “The idea came about because of the latest news that the latest study to take a tram to the airport was deemed to be uneconomic and possibly damaging to Ayrshire and parts south and west of the airport.

“My colleague and I were chatting away and when you think of it a train station and walkway would be considerably less expensive than a train or tram link.”