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Glasgow subway plans win funding

The Scottish Government has confirmed that it will provide capital funding for a £290M upgrade to Glasgow’s subway system.

The modernisation plans, parts of which will be completed ahead of the Commonwealth Games in the city in 2014, will include new trains, new automated signals, refurbished stations and the introduction of smartcard ticketing.

However, an expansion to the east of the city will not go ahead because it is too expensive.

The government has announced that it will provide “a substantial capital contribution” to upgrade, although it has not yet confirmed how much.

Subway operator Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) will then use prudential borrowing powers to fund the difference.

SPT has already begun work on the project, including revamps at three stations ahead of the 2014 Games − Hillhead, Ibrox and Kelvinhall. The work should be completed in five years.

Plans mooted in 2007 for the upgrade to include an expansion of the current circular line to the SECC and the Commonwealth Games village have been scrapped due to the cost, believed to be as high £2.5bn.

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