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SPT invests £7 Million in new look Govan Interchange

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport’s Strategy & Programmes Committee has approved the award of a £7,164,382 contract for the modernisation of Govan Subway and bus station in Glasgow to Graham Construction.

Govan will be the seventh Subway station to be modernised following Hillhead, Partick, Ibrox, Kelvinhall and St Enoch (due to complete by summer 2015) and Buchanan Street station works due to commence in coming weeks. The works are part of SPT’s on-going £288 million Subway modernisation programme.

The revamp includes both the Subway station and bus station as a key junction with Fastlink on Golspie Street. Govan Subway, which services around a million passengers a year, will have a new look station with glass covered walkways connecting the adjacent bus station.

SPT Chair Jim Coleman said:
“Modernising the Subway network is key for SPT but it is important to point out that does not just include improvements within stations.

“Easy interchange with bus and Fastlink services are essential to encourage the uptake of public transport use to the new South Glasgow hospitals. To help make that as seamless as possible, our customers and those who work around Subway stations deserve a pleasant and welcoming environment. We also hope these works will be a real boost to the area.”

Construction works at Govan will be to the same rigorous quality standards as previous  stations – Hillhead, Kelvinhall, Partick, Ibrox, St Enoch and Buchanan Street – to ensure a bright, clean, modern passenger friendly environment is created.

Most notably the work will include the installation of passenger lifts on each circle between concourse and platform level at Govan. These will be in addition to lifts installed in the course of refurbishment works at St Enoch which will improve access in and out of the city centre and to the new South Glasgow Hospitals complex.

Improvements to be delivered within the Subway include:

  • A new modern ticket office;
  • new flooring, wall and ceiling finishes;
  • new way finding, information and signage for passengers;
  • enhancements under the Equalities Act including hearing loops, tactile maps, tactile paving and colour contrast flooring;
  • brighter, more welcoming energy efficient lighting;
  • Four new escalators have already been installed in advance of the above;

The layout of the station facilities will largely remain with the addition of equipment and plant rooms created at concourse level to allow storage of service equipment for both the bus station and Subway maintenance.

New rainscreen cladding will cover the existing external glass fibre walls and new windows installed.

The external brickwork will also be cleaned and repointed where necessary.  Energy efficiency will be greatly improved by the introduction of air source heat pumps at platform level which will help with heating and ventilation of the building in the longer term.

As the construction work encompasses both Subway and Bus improvements, a modern entrance with glazed bi-parting doors will be installed on Golspie street to assist with easier passenger flow and a quicker connection to Fastlink halts nearby. New doors will also provide an enhanced entrance area to the concourse on Govan Road.

Glass canopies will cover both entrances extending to the bus station to offer weather protection to enable access via automatic glass security barriers for buses arriving at stances.

A new bus station layout will be reconfigured with new road surfacing, kerbing, drainage and Caithness paving on pedestrian areas. Modern perimeter fencing will separate buses from people walking and bus stances will be lit with real time information on show and CCTV to improve visibility and increase passenger safety.

The Interchange refurbishment is due for completion by the end of 2016.

Notes to editors

  1. SPT will where possible keep the Subway operating throughout all refurbishment works and the majority of modernisation works should be complete by 2020.
  2. Partick (lower) station refurbishment was completed early 2013, Ibrox Station was completed in November 2013 and Kelvinhall station was finished in time for the Commonwealth Games in 2014. St Enoch station refurbishment is due to complete summer 2015. Buchanan Street station construction expected to be completed by end of 2016.
  3. SPT has already committed in excess of £5 million to replace all 28 escalators on the network with more reliable, energy efficient versions. SPT is also currently undertaking tunnel improvement works and two world-class consortia are currently tendering for the provision of new subway train rolling stock and signalling.
  4. The design of Govan Subway station was undertaken by Aedas Architects.
  5. Graham Construction won the contract scoring highest on cost and quality.