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Modernised Glasgow subway could be on its way

April 15 2010

Modernised Glasgow subway could be on its way
Hillhead subway station could find itself in the vanguard of a 30 year £300m modernisation drive which will see each station on Glasgow’s subway system a much needed facelift together with the introduction of driverless trains.

Glasgow City Council is being spurred on in the work by the fast approaching Commonwealth Games and a desire to present the city in the best possible light.

Central to the design is a desire to keep costs down whilst improving lighting and the quality of finish on the fading 1979 interiors.

Ibrox and Kelvin Hall have also been identified as early candidates for renewal, both of which will be central to ferrying visitors around Games sites.

It is not just infrastructure which appears to be stuck in a 1970s time warp however, staff have been accused of holding to outmoded working practices which have been contributing to a decline in the system over recent years, seeing the system close early on Sundays and blocking a privately funded expansion of St Enoch station into a nearby shopping mall.

The plans, which have been drawn up by Aedas, Keppie Design and sculptor Andy Scott, will be put into motion at the tail end of this year or the beginning of the next.

These plans rely on funding being forthcoming from the Scottish Government with SPT warning that the subway system could be forced to close if the modernisation programme is not implemented.

Images courtesy SPT.

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Aside from new rolling stock changes will be largely cosmetic
Aside from new rolling stock changes will be largely cosmetic
Yellow and orange tiling is set to give way to a pale white finish
Yellow and orange tiling is set to give way to a pale white finish


David Fagan
#1 Posted by David Fagan on 15 Apr 2010 at 18:57 PM
You might be interested to know that Glasgow desing studio, The Stand, were responsible for the modernisation of the branding that is pictured in some of the visualisations.

David Fagan
Vice Chair SPT
#2 Posted by Eric on 17 Apr 2010 at 14:44 PM
Yes it needs it now,but without any extention to it,i think we are throwing money at nothing.Glasgow is sitting on disused lines and tunnels any city would die for,
#3 Posted by Jack on 23 Oct 2010 at 20:35 PM
I Love r Sub
#4 Posted by Jim on 13 Mar 2011 at 11:04 AM
Great, so the proposed design will make the subway look at first glance ... exactly like every other bland, 'modern' white transport terminal. I feel cold just looking at it. I'm not against (positive) change, but has it been established that the current deisgn is unpopular? If not then, like Eric says, we should be focussing on upgrading the system, not polishing the existing one...

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