Glasgow Subway to be closed over the summer

Glasgow  Subway closing for four weeks this summer.
Glasgow Subway closing for four weeks this summer.

The Glasgow Subway will close for about four weeks this summer while modernisation work is carried out.

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

There will be a replacement bus service 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 work will replace a 40-year-old section of the system 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.

And they say it will not be possible to run a safe train operation whilst undertaking this construction work.

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.”

More information is available on the SPT website.

The Glasgow subway is the third oldest underground system in the world at 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.