The Glasgow Metro plan to transform public transport in Glasgow has been given a boost after it was included in the Scottish Government’s list of priorities for the future.

The Metro, which will include new tram routes linking to current rail routes in the city, has been included in the Transport Scotland Strategic Transport Project Review.

It is a big step towards the ambitious plan becoming reality with the Scottish Government recognising it is a project worthy of investment.

The next phase is expected to be an announcement later this year of funding to get work started.

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The Metro is planned to start with a link form Glasgow Airport to Paisley Gilmour Street Station and then other routes across the city.

Other proposed routes include the east of the city and along the River Clyde linking the Queen Elizabeth Univesity Hospital and the SEC.

It could make use of disused railway lines and will focus on improving areas of the city that are not well enough connected to allow people to access facilities and job opportunities.

The report states: “While corridors are not yet defined, it is envisaged that these would focus on unserved and underserved areas with relatively poor connectivity.

“Improving access to key hubs such as the city centre, hospitals, major education facilities key employment centres, retail hubs, major leisure/sports facilities.

“Integrating with major transport hubs such as Glasgow Central and Queen Street railway stations, Glasgow Airport and suburban interchanges.”

The Metro was recommended by the Connectivity Commission into improving transport in the city.

Susan Aitken, leader of Glasgow city Council said: “Today’s report accepts the pressing economic, environmental and social case for a much better-connected city and region.

“The truth is that, in Glasgow, too many of the people who rely on public transport for employment, education and social opportunities live in communities that are poorly served by our existing networks. Equally, many of those who contribute least to greenhouse gases are at the greatest risk of being worst affected by the climate crisis.”