£246m for Glasgow subway

27 Mar 2012

A funding package worth almost £246 million has been announced to modernise the Glasgow Subway.

SPT had already started work on refurbishing stations and now the Scottish Government revealed it will provide £246m for the overall project, which will include new trains and signalling.

With Govan, Partick, St Enoch and Ibrox stations all in the Clyde Waterfront area, the news is a major boost for Clyde Waterfront infrastructure.

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, a Glasgow MSP, and Infrastructure Minister Alex Neil made the announcement as they visited Hillhead station, where work has already started.

Last year, before the Holyrood elections, the Scottish Government gave Strathclyde Partnership for Transport the green light to take forward its plans for the first major overhaul of the network since the 1970s, when the Subway was almost entirely rebuilt.

The latest programme will see new driverless trains introduced and new signalling installed, costing a total of £296m.

SPT has already started work on refurbishing Hillhead station and to replace escalators at 10 of the 15 Subway stations in time for 2014 when Glasgow hosts the Commonwealth Games.

Source: Evening Times - Glasgow gets £250m to upgrade subway