Subway Modernisation

Hillhead Subway station visualisation

SPT is carrying out a full-scale modernisation of the world’s third-oldest Subway system.

This work focuses on five strategic areas:

  • Modernisation of working practices and terms and conditions;
  • Smartcard ticketing system linked to wider integrated ticketing;
  • New trains and signalling with automation;
  • Refurbished stations and improved accessibility, including escalator replacement;
  • Renewing the rail and improving the tunnel infrastructure.

The modernisation will transform the system and keep the Subway at the heart of life in Glasgow for another generation. Our flagship Hillhead Station was the first to be refurbished and, with new escalators, enhanced facilities for disabled passengers, new ceiling and wall tiles, updated signage and a stunning piece of public art by renowned artist Alasdair Gray, shows SPT’s ambition for the Subway network.

Detailed designs for Govan, St. Enoch and Buchanan Street stations are being worked on, while a “refresh” of all stations is under way across the network, which includes the introduction of our new clean corporate branding.

We are also carrying out a rolling programme of work to replace every escalator on the Subway to help passengers move quickly and safely around the system. This work has so far been completed at Hillhead, Buchanan Street and St. Enoch outer circle, while works to replace the inner circle escalators at St. Enoch recently started. Work to replace escalators at Govan is due to begin next month.

SPT is also improving the infrastructure of the Subway network; renewing rail and improving the tunnel lining, which is substantially complete between Kelvinhall – Partick and Buchanan Street – Cowcaddens and the rail renewal works continue throughout the night whilst the city sleeps.

SPT’s vision for new-look Subway