SPT has unveiled proposals for a three stage development of the Glasgow Crossrail project. A report predicts more than 4 million passengers would use new stations at Glasgow Cross, Gorbals and West Street. It also suggested that Crossrail, which would connect the lines serving Central and Queen Street stations by a new link to the SE of the city centre would add £1.06 billion to the Scottish economy over 60 years.
Costs were estimated at between £115 million and £187 million in a 2005 technical appraisal of the project, the 3 stages of which are :
1. Upgrade of City Union line between High St Jct and Shields Jct enabling services to run between Airdrie/Springburn and the Paisley corridor. This would allow services such as Ayr-Edinburgh.
2. A Croy - Barrhead service, requiring construction of the Strathbungo Link and allowing access from Crossrail to the East Kilbride/Barrhead/Kilmarnock route.
3. Construction of the High Street curve and associated turnback at Kelvinhaugh, allowing trains to run from Charing Cross to Glasgow Cross and beyond.
Transport minister Stewart Stevenson has said he would welcome consideration of the project as a possible priority in the review of major rail projects due in the summer.
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