First minister backs Fastlink

19 Mar 2010

Glasgow's £40m Fastlink project could be operational in time for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The Glasgow Herald has reported that Glasgow's long-awaited trams-on-wheels project will receive Scottish Government funding and be operational by the 2014 Commonwealth Games, according to the chairman of the company set up to deliver the scheme.

Willie O'Rourke, a Glasgow councillor and chair of Glasgow Clyde Regeneration Ltd, told a meeting scrutinising the stuttering progress of Fastlink that "personal assurances" had been provided by First Minister Alex Salmond that the scheme would receive the required financial support.

The Herald understands Mr Salmond has in recent weeks told senior figures involved in the organisation of the Commonwealth Games that Fastlink will ferry spectators between major 2014 venues.

Other ministers are also understood to have been recently briefing public figures and officials in the Glasgow area on the prospects of the project coming to fruition in the near future.

Councillor O'Rourke said the project will cost around £40 million adding: "I believe we will receive good news from the Government and in this financial year will be given the go-ahead for the project. No less a person than the First Minister has promised that by 2014 Fastlink will be servicing the Commonwealth Games."

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  • Artist's impression of a Fastlink vehicle, supplied by GCC

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