Glasgow & West Scotland

Glasgow Subway to close for four weeks

Glasgow Subway tunnel Image copyright SPT
Image caption SPT plans to replace a section of the Glasgow Subway tunnels

The Glasgow Subway is to close for about four weeks in the summer while modernisation work is carried out.

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) said all services would be suspended from 2 July. They are due to resume on 1 August.

A replacement bus service will be provided for subway passengers during the closure.

It will follow the subway route, with additional direct services to the city centre from key stations.

They include park and ride facilities at Bridge Street, Kelvinbridge and Shields Road. Services will run every five minutes at peak times and every 10 minutes during off-peak.

All passengers will pay £1 for a single journey, £2 for a return and £2.50 for an all-day ticket. Child fares will be 50p for a single and £1 for a return.

The modernisation work involves replacing a 40-year-old section known as "ramps and turnouts", which permits trains to access the tunnels from the surface depot at Broomloan and cross over between the inner and outer circles.

SPT said the section had to be fully replaced to ensure a reliable subway service in the future.

Image copyright Thomas Nugent
Image caption SPT said it had reached a "crucial stage" in its subway modernisation plan

SPT chairman Jonathan Findlay said: "To date, SPT has achieved all of the modernisation works without any disruption to passenger service which is a considerable achievement.

"We have now reached a crucial stage in the modernisation plan that requires us - for reasons of safety for everyone involved - to suspend services for a short time during July.

"We apologise for any inconvenience to all our passengers but our full replacement bus service will mean that they can still get to where they want to go."

He added: "All our passengers are encouraged to turn up at their designated stop, allow a little longer for the journey, and leave the rest to us."

All the information on the subway suspension and the replacement bus service is available on the SPT website.

The Glasgow subway is the third oldest underground system in the world and is 120 years old this year.

It is currently undergoing a £288m modernisation plan to upgrade or replace trains, signalling, platforms and stations.

The Scottish government is contributing £246m towards the cost.

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