TRANSPORT bosses have submitted plans to create a train station at Glasgow Airport ahead of a £210million rail link.

An application to build two platforms yards from the main terminal has now been lodged with Renfrewshire Council.

It's understood BAA Scotland have agreed to pay for a walkway to take passengers from the station into the heart of the airport.

Four trains an hour will run between Glasgow Airport and Glasgow Central stations once the long-awaited link is completed in 2011.

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport have applied for prior approval for the station to ensure the project can be delivered on time.

The station is expected to be built after a viaduct linking the proposed route over the M8 motorway is finished.

The journey from Glasgow city centre will take 16 minutes, making one brief stop at Paisley Gilmour Street.

Councillor Alistair Watson, chairman of SPT, said: "Once the M74 extension, Glasgow Airport Rail Link and the Crossrail projects are built, the airport will have the best surface access of any in the UK.

"Every major international city has an airport rail link and Glasgow should be no different."

The viaduct will run over the M8, across the St James' playing fields in Paisley and the Murray Business Area and join the main line to the east of St James' Station.

The rail link will result in 5.4miles of existing track being upgraded between Shields Junction and Paisley Gilmour Street station, as well as 1.2miles of track being laid between Paisley St James Station and the airport.

Studies show around 95% of passengers travel to the airport by road.

Industry experts estimate the route will create around 650 new jobs in Glasgow and Renfrewshire in the next 10 years, and 700 jobs in Paisley town centre by 2015.