Channel Tunnel Engineers Propose a Monorail for Glasgow

By James O Malley on at

Could residents of Scotland's largest city soon be gliding into town on a genuine, bona fide, electrified, six-car monorail?

Two retired brothers, who previously worked as engineers on the Channel Tunnel have unveiled their designs for a new link between Glasgow Airport and the city's central train station.

According to The Herald Jim and John Beckett (78 and 77 respectively) think that a 7.5 mile "Clyde Monorail" would be a better solution to Glasgow's airport transport dilemma than a much less exciting tram/train combo that is being proposed for the same link. This is because it would simply deliver airport passengers to the centre, and not serve any other stops on the way. Their monorail, by contrast, would stop at Renfrew, Braehead Shopping Centre, the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, the Riverside Transport Museum and SECC, before terminating at Glasgow Central.

They spent 7 months drawing up the plans - which they reckon would cost £300m. The current tram/train hybrid is set to cost £144m.

Whether it will gain any traction remains to be seen - though we think it would be a pretty cool addition to the city. [The Herald]