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1970s Modernisation

Subway modernisation from 1979

Around 40 years after Electrification, the Subway was in great need of a second major upgrade.

Another period of significant change was happening in Glasgow, as the industrial period began to wind down. Many of the ship building businesses began to close and tenement housing was being demolished all over the city.

The number of passengers using the Subway had been decreasing over the years and no one could deny that the sad looking stations and trains were one of the main reasons for this.

The Subway before the 1970s modernisation

Tunnels were showing wear and tear, cracks began to appear in station ceilings and most of the carriages had been in use since 1896!

In 1977, the Subway closed its doors for three years so that extensive works could take place. All stations were rebuilt and enlarged. They also included new features like escalators and moving walk ways.

The new Subway trains and tunnels during the 1970s modernisation

Her Majesty the Queen officially opened the Subway in November 1979, even though works weren’t quite finished at that time. The system reopened to the public in 1980.

The Queen visits the Subway 1979

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