MAJOR transport links and hospitals in the Glasgow area are at risk of being impaired or shut down by climate change, a study has found.

The Climate Ready Clyde review, which is still to be finalised calls for urgent action to address issues to roads, railways and hospitals which are predicted to be hit by more storms, regular heatwaves and heavier winter flooding by 2050.

CRC, the partnership of councils, Scottish Government and public sector agencies aimed at preparing for a changing climate, warned that failure to prepare properly for the extreme weather that climate change is estimated to cost the Glasgow region £400m each year by the 2050s.

They say key areas for action include climate proofing key rail and road infrastructure along the Clyde from storms, heat and coastal erosion.

The assessment is also due to warn that several hundred metres of the West Highland Line will be threatened by the sea along the north Clyde coastline near Ardmore Point as coastal erosion accelerates.

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It is also due to say that the Erskine Bridge may require wind barriers as it may experience “extreme exposure” to storms.

The review, expected be finalised in the next month, is also due to say there is a high risk of flooding on the M8 in Glasgow and the M74 near Hamilton.

It is expected to say there is a high risk of surface water flooding and medium to high risk of river flooding to the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley.

And is expected to warn that the disadvantaged and vulnerable groups of north and east Glasgow will be most exposed to the social and economic impacts of extreme weather.

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It also calls for the protection of NHS estates and social care facilities against flooding and overheating by continuing to assess risks.

It wants a further development of flood risk protection from rivers, the coast, surface water and a future sea level rise to homes and businesses based on the latest climate projections.

It also wants the development of plans to reduce risks to buildings of significant cultural heritage, such as Newark Castle and Dumbarton Castle.

James Curren, the former chief executive of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, who chairs Climate Ready Clyde said: "Much action is already underway, and there is a strong commitment from stakeholders to ensure its economy and people continue to flourish.

"Whilst we need to continue to urgently cut emissions to reduce the effects of climate change, we also need to accelerate our adaptation planning to manage the changes that are already locked in. Adapting to climate change requires us to do things differently, and to make decisions that take a long view and involve complexity.

"Adapting to a changing climate will help protect jobs, deliver economic prosperity, improve wellbeing, and ensure that Glasgow City Region remains a great place to live and work for generations to come."