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Tunnel improvements for SPT Subway

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£1.3 million of enhancements to a section of Glasgow Subway’s underground tunnels has been approved by Strathclyde Partnership for Transport.

The award of a contract to Balvac Ltd was agreed at Friday’s meeting of the SPT Partnership Committee. It is part of an overall £25 million spend committed by SPT over the next five years to improve the network’s infrastructure and to minimise ongoing maintenance costs.

The tunnel works will also be carried out at night to make sure our passengers still get to where they want to go without being inconvenienced by essential construction work.”

SPT Vice Chair David Fagan

SPT Vice Chair David Fagan said:“Subway modernisation programme is not just about better stations and new trains, it is also about ensuring the current infrastructure is maintained to a high standard and to protect the integrity of the system. This major investment should be commended as in the longer term it will dramatically reduce maintenance costs.

“It has always been SPT’s intention to keep the Subway operational while the stations are modernised. Whilst that is a huge challenge, it has been particularly successful during the works at Hillhead where there has been minimal disruption to our passenger’s day to day travel.

“The tunnel works will also be carried out at night to make sure our passengers still get to where they want to go without being inconvenienced by essential construction work.”

The contract will deliver substantial tunnel lining improvements, waterproofing and the installation of a drainage system to collect and control water.

It forms part of SPT’s wider modernisation plans for the Subway that will deliver refurbished stations, new trains and signalling and smart card tickets.

This section of work will commence in the next few weeks and will be completed by springtime 2013.