A rail tunnel linking Glasgow’s two main stations has been mooted as part of a 20 year redevelopment plan which also includes plans for a new metro.
The proposed tunnel would link Glasgow’s main stations bringing trains from the south currently arriving at Glasgow Central to Queens Street station which handles trains from the north.
The current split is the result of the Caledonian and North British railway companies building seperate infrastructure during the 1870s.
The plan to join up the two stations has been put forward by the Glasgow Connectivity Commission, which was set up by Glasgow City Council 18 months ago. Previous British Rail and Transport Scotland studies have concluded that such a link is viable.
The proposed tunnel will run beneath the River Clyde, with a single underground station connecting Glasgow Central and Queens Steet stations. South of the river, the tunnel would connect into the Ayrshire and Inverclyde lines, which currently terminate at Glasgow Central.
After passing through the new station, the tunnel will link in to the Falkirk line and the Highland main line.
Connecting the two stations would make Glasgow “the most accessible place in Scotland” a report produced by the commission claims, with up to 20 trains an hour passing through the city centre.
The commission has also recommended that the city council explore options to establish a new metro network. The city currently has a single underground rail line, with a high dependence on heavy rail for transport in the city.
The systems could be delivered individually, but the report claims that: “as a package they are transformational for the city and central Scotland as a whole, given the level of additional capacity they offer, the potential for significant modal shift they represent.”
In the report’s foreword, commission chair David Begg says: “We do not underestimate the challenges required to implement this report’s ambitious proposals”.
“But we also believe they are affordable, deliverable and necessary if Scotland wants to achieve its goal of fostering sustainable and inclusive economic growth. We urge all agencies concerned with the future of this great city to work together to achieve these aims.”
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