Glasgow opens procurement for new rail link - Glasgow Airport News

Airport news for Glasgow on 09/06/2008.

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Glasgow Airport plans to build a new rail line between the airport and Paisley St James station. Transport Scotland has recently announced the beginning of the procurement process for the project which has been named the Glasgow Airport Rail Link (GARL).

Transport Scotland is seeking expressions of interest for the GARL Branch Line Phase One project. Companies with experience designing and developing large civil engineering projects in the transportation industry, whether by road, rail, or air, are invited to compete for the contract.

The contract is expected to be worth between £90 million and £130 million. It is expected that the contract will be awarded next summer and the project completed by 2011.

The project will involve laying an estimated two kilometres of new rail track between Paisley St James station and Glasgow Airport. In addition, there are nine kilometres of track which require upgrading, located between Shields Junction and Paisley Gilmour Street.

The new rail line will require the construction of a single span bridge across the M8 motorway. The company which wins the contract will be responsible for building a new rail station at Glasgow Airport, an embankment, and three bridges to take the train over minor roads.

Transport Scotland and Network Rail are the main bodies responsible for implementing GARL, although the project will also receive funding from the British Airports Authority (BAA), and the European Commission’s Trans-Europe Networks Transport (TEN-T) grant.

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