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New escalators as part of Hillhead upgrade

Escalators at Hillhead

Work to replace all 28 escalators on the Glasgow Subway network is set to begin at Hillhead Station in the city’s west end as part of a £5.6 million program of improvement.

Contractor Otis will start removing those currently in place from Monday (16th Jan). The Subway’s escalators have been in operation since the 1970s and are nearing the end of their operational life.

The modern replacements will form a vital part of the safe movement of customers on the system.

The installation of the new escalators forms a key part of SPT’s Subway Modernisation plan, which includes the upgrade of all 15 stations and the introduction of smartcard ‘Oyster-style’ tickets.

Hillhead Station is the first station to be upgraded, with work to revamp the interior already well under way.

Other stations where escalators will be replaced are;

  • Partick (4)
  • Kelvinbridge (4)
  • St Georges Cross (2)
  • Cowcaddens (2)
  • Buchanan St (2)
  • St Enoch (6)
  • Shields Road (2)
  • Govan (4)

By installing more modern reliable versions we are not only improving the Subway experience for our passengers but also helping SPT meet a 20% targeted reduction of CO2.

Jonathan Findlay, SPT Chair

SPT Chairman, Jonathan Findlay said: “Plans to revitalise the Glasgow Subway are progressing at pace and the replacement of all escalators on the system is another key component for us.

“Those in situ at present have been working hard for 30 years and their replacement is now necessary.

“By installing more modern reliable versions we are not only improving the Subway experience for our passengers but also helping SPT meet a 20% targeted reduction of CO2 due to their increased efficiency.”

The enhanced escalators will operate at a speed of approximately 30 meters (100 ft) per minute and include environmentally friendly features such as:

  • Power standby technology, which uses sensors that detect when passengers are not on the escalator, prompting the escalator to slow down and thereby use less energy
  • LED lighting that uses 30% less energy than traditional lighting
  • High-efficiency lubrication that uses 98% less oil than a traditional lubrication system

The Subway escalators will be replaced as part of a rolling program over the next four years and will be provided by Otis’ Breclav factory in the Czech Republic.