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Subway upgrade on track

March 9 2011

Subway upgrade on track
An ambitious £290m modernisation programme for Glasgow’s decrepit Subway system has been green lighted by the Scottish Government following mounting concerns that the current 1979 designed system was on its last legs.

The cash injection was announced by Transport Minister Keith Brown

Over the next five years existing rolling stock will be phased out in favour of a new breed of driverless train to navigate the infinite loop the loops.

Smartcard ticketing will also be introduced to the antiquated network.

Militant subway workers are being warned that the changes will include longer weekend opening hours to better serve travellers.

One of the first signs of progress the travelling public are likely to encounter is a remodelled Hillhead station. Aedas architects have been employed to strip out the beige tiles which line its interior to give it a fresher feel. 


#1 Posted by Edinburger on 11 Mar 2011 at 14:18 PM
What a waste of money - what you want is nice shiny trams!
Subway user
#2 Posted by Subway user on 11 Mar 2011 at 14:27 PM
I assume that other improvements such as linking stations with adjacent buildings to avoid the Glasgow weather will not be included. Buchanan Galleries, St Enoch's Centre, Central Station, Sheilds Road car park to suggest but a few.
Glaswegian commuter
#3 Posted by Glaswegian commuter on 11 Mar 2011 at 21:01 PM
Still to see the detail of this but am sceptical that the 'upgrade' will be of any real help to the Glasgow infrastructure. It's polishing the existing subway.

What Glasgow needs is a bold, radical transport plan that will extend the subway, join the dots (as Subway User) says and join the North and South railway networks (now cancelled).

I suspect this is a token SNP gesture in advance of the election.
#4 Posted by RI on 13 Mar 2011 at 16:01 PM
Is it just me or will anyone else be sad to see the 70's retro look vanish? As mentioned above I'd rather have more lines/ better connectivity than a new lick of paint and futuristic trains. The east-end loop, plus a line joining the Commonwealth Games site with the centre and maybe going onto Glasgow Harbour.

I think that "all white" station will age horrendously, what the city needs is something quite spartan but hard-wearing.
#5 Posted by Brian on 19 Mar 2011 at 11:23 AM
lGlasgow doesnt have to dig up city centre streets,!look at poor Edinburgh,by all means upgrade subway,GLASGOW has already got the infrastructure that could easily link up to subway as it does at some stations.a light rail /metro train could be put on some heavy rail lines.and disused lines and tunnels.most cities would die for what we have already.

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