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Glasgow subway plan 'to be subsidised'

A project to upgrade Glasgow’s underground train network, costing £290M, will receive a “substantial” subsidy from the Scottish Government, an MSP has said.

Known locally as the Clockwork Orange because of the shape of the route and colour of the trains, the network is the only subway system in Scotland and is the third oldest in Europe.

No refurbishment work has been carried out on the subway since the 1970s, leaving it “in desperate need of repair”, according to city MSP Bob Dorris.

He said Scottish transport minister Keith Brown has promised to provide funding for the Strathclyde Passenger Transport (SPT) project, although the minister has yet to reveal how much cash will be contributed.

The MSP added: “We are assured that SPT’s enhanced modernisation case, including changes to working practices, is viable and will therefore help provide capital support which includes delivery of a smartcard ticketing system linked to wider integrated ticketing, new rolling stock and signalling with automation, and refurbished stations with improved accessibility including escalator replacement.”

All 15 Glasgow subway stations are to be refurbished, SPT said.

Automatic trains and extending the subway’s opening hours are also part of the plan.

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  • Pouring money into Glasgow Subway is all very well but the nearest railway with a similar gauge is in Moscow. On the Subway there are two (or maybe four) tunnels under the River Clyde which might provide the basis for widening to take standard gauge taffic as well, until, that is,until the whole system can be converted to standard gauge.

    I know that ground conditions in places are abominable but the engineers who built the tunnells were able to cope.

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