Think tank Reform Scotland has called for an integrated transport system for Scotland, which it says will help boost the country’s economic development.
According to Reform Scotland, the “Grand Central” road, rail and air hub at Edinburgh Airport should form the core of an ambitious £25bn transport policy.
Travel from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stirling via high-speed rail links to Grand Central would take just 20 minutes or less, while journey time from Perth, Dundee, Aberdeen and Inverness would also come down.
The hub would serve as a terminus for any London-Scotland high speed rail line, greatly improving access to key markets in other parts of the UK.
The think tank said that the hub would also lead to major improvements to Scotland’s trunk roads system.
Reform Scotland chairman Ben Thomson said: “What we are proposing is an integrated transport system for the next generation. Of course, the costs are high and look particularly daunting at this point in the economic cycle.
“However, the overall plan can be broken down into separate projects with the creation of the hub and the high speed link between the hub with Edinburgh and Glasgow being only some £3bn,” he said.