The above is an artist's impression of the proposed Clyde Fastlink. This is a transport system which is said will provide an experience offering many of the benefits of a tram without the rails embedded in the ground. I ask myself why Edinburgh didn't think of such a system instead of insisting upon trams. Edinburgh city centre has been a disaster zone for the past couple of years and there's no sign of any tram as yet.
Planning permission was given to Glasgow City Council for the project in 2006 but funding from the Scottish government was rejected as part of the then government's Strategic Transport Projects Review, citing its lack of regional impact, it's failure to tackle congestion around Glasgow Central station and its lack of clear impact on emissions reductions.
However, it now appears that the Scottish government have agreed to fund the trams-on-wheels and it will be operational by 2014, according to the chairman of the company set up to deliver the scheme. The project will cost around £40 million.
The local authority and Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (yes them again) are now putting the final details to the business case which will be presented to the Government in the coming weeks.
Glasgow 'got it right' with their Metro system years ago and I'm hopeful this new public service will be as well received.