Major Glasgow subway revamp gets Government support

10 Mar 2011

A £290m plan to completely revamp Glasgow's ageing subway system has been given formal backing by ministers.

The Scottish government is to make a "substantial contribution" to the scheme, paving the way for driverless trains and upgraded stations.

All 15 stations on the six-mile long Glasgow subway system would be redeveloped, disabled access improved and a smartcard ticketing system would be implemented. The subway provides important inner city transport links, with stations on both sides of the river.

The upgraded service would mean a more more frequent trains.

The introduction of driverless trains could mean a significant reduction in SPT's 650 workforce.

Source: BBC - Go ahead for £290m Glasgow subway modernisation

A £290m plan to completely revamp Glasgow's ageing subway system has been given formal backing by ministers.

The Scottish government is to make a "substantial contribution" to the scheme, paving the way for driverless trains and upgraded stations.

It will also act as a guarantor when Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) tries to finance most of the plan by borrowing against existing assets.

The changes could mean a significant reduction in SPT's 650 workforce.

Under the proposals, which were approved in principle by SPT in April last year, the whole subway system would be overhauled.

All 15 stations on the six-mile long system would be redeveloped, disabled access improved and a smartcard ticketing system would be implemented.

Driverless trains would also be introduced along with an increased frequency of services.