Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) board was today advised of the latest stage of its modernisation programme, which will require the suspension of its Subway train service for four weeks, commencing at the start of the school summer holiday in 2016.
The work affects the section of the system known as “ramps and turnouts” which permits trains to access the tunnels from the surface depot and cross over between Inner and Outer Circles. This part of the system was installed almost 40 years ago and must be fully replaced to ensure reliable Subway service for future operation.
To date, SPT has delivered its significant subway station modernisation without the need for any planned disruptions to the train operation.
Extensive engineering and operational impact assessment has been undertaken to attempt to mitigate the impacts of this necessary and critical work and if at all possible, maintain train services.
However following this review involving independent industry experts, it has concluded that it is not possible to run a safe and reliable train operation whilst undertaking this construction work. Suspension of train service for the duration of the activities is the only sensible and safe solution for both customers and construction personnel.
A comprehensive bus solution will be provided between stations and significantly supplemented with specific station to station trips to reflect current passenger commuting movements to and from the City at peak times including our park and ride sites. These services will operate on the same opening hours as at present.
SPT Chairman Councillor Jim Coleman praised SPT’s staff for achieving so much of the modernisation without having to disrupt services and reminded the Partnership that during the last modernisation in the late seventies the system was closed for two years.
Councillor Coleman commented:
“It is always disappointing when we have to suspend a vital public transport service.
“However safety is not something the Partnership is prepared to compromise on and undertaking this vital upgrade when passenger numbers are at their lowest during the summer will minimise disruption for our customers.
“Although we are suspending Subway train services SPT will take care of providing an alternative so there is no need for our loyal customers to do anything other than turn up at the station as they normally do, allow a little longer for the journey, and leave the rest to us.
“We have vast experience in dealing with moving people for major events such as last year’s Commonwealth Games and T in the Park.”