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Plan for £300m Subway upgrade approved

A multi-million pound upgrade proposal for Glasgow’s Subway system has been given the green light.

SPT’s Partnership Committee today (Friday) agreed improvement plans in principle, paving the way for far-reaching changes to infrastructure and staffing.

SPT has already secured an additional £20million to start the modernisation process and work to improve some stations is expected to be tendered by the end of this financial year.

The £290million widespread modernisation proposal could see new trains introduced with waiting times reduced to just two minutes at peak hours.

All 15 stations would be redeveloped, disabled access improved and a smartcard ticketing system would be implemented.

SPT plans to ask the Scottish Government for increased funding and also borrow against existing assets to fund the upgrade. A new modernised Subway system could, in the long run, save the taxpayer £150million.

SPT Chairman Jon Findlay said: “I’m delighted that the SPT Board has approved the business case for subway modernisation.

“SPT’s plans are realistic and deliverable and have been backed by business leaders, local and national politicians and the public. We are grateful for that support and we need to build on all that goodwill.

“Our job now is to get a firm commitment from the Scottish Government to help us fund this modernisation. The role of the Government in this is critical and the sooner we get that commitment, the sooner we can get started.”