Skip to main content


SPT to award £5 million renewal of key Subway depot infrastructure

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport will seek approval from members on Friday to commit just over £5 million to renew the Subway ramps and turnout chambers – an essential part of the Subway depot infrastructure.

A paper going to SPT’s Partnership outlines a recommendation to award the design and build contract to Colas Rail – worth a total of £5,040,413 excluding VAT.

SPT Chief Executive Gordon Maclennan said:

“This work is crucial to ensure the continued reliability of trains accessing the Subway system for daily operations and maintenance. Given the ramps and turnout chambers are well over 30 years old, we believe it is prudent to have them completely renewed to sustain the infrastructure for many more years to come.

“This intricate work also requires detailed design prior to the construction phase next year which is why we are keen to progress in the next few weeks. Another key consideration is the impact on customers and we aim to produce a robust plan to minimise any disruption prior to building work starting.”

Renewing these assets will also reduce future maintenance costs and ensure the system is ready for the installation of SPT’s new rolling stock and signalling. The Ramps and Turnouts at SPT’s Broomloan depot are the single point of access for trains to enter and leave the Subway system and also provide the only locations in the system where trains can cross over between the two system circles – Inner and Outer.

The current infrastructure was installed during the last modernisation of the system in the 1970s. A full replacement of the track bed system within the access ramps and turnout chambers will be delivered during summer 2016 with  detailed design work due to start in April 2015.


Notes to editors:

  • The project scope and glossary of technical terms is available here.
  • Colas Rail is one of Europe’s leading providers of rail infrastructure services and was chosen following a competitive tendering exercise. The company demonstrated significant relevant experience in similar rail projects for London Underground, Docklands Light Rail and Network Rail.

For further information, please contact:

SPT Communications
Tel: 0141 333 3152/3397