For those of you planning to visit Glasgow in July this year please be advised that the Glasgow Subway will be shut down entirely from the 2nd of July onwards. The Subway, or “Clockwork Orange” as it is sometimes referred to, will reopen on the 1st of august 2016. The Glasgow Subway was finished in 1896 and the first passengers were welcomed on the 14th of December 1896. It’s the third-oldest underground metro system in the world and the only one in the UK which operates completely underground.
The Glasgow Subway is currently undergoing a £288m modernisation plan to upgrade or replace trains, signalling, platforms and stations. Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) said the four weeks closure in July was essential to ensure a reliable service in the future, and comes ahead of the introduction of driverless trains in 2020. Strategic project manager at SPT Stuart McMillan said: “We need to replace the concrete and the rails in this section in order to maintain the on-going reliability of the service. This part of the system was installed in the 1970s modernisation and it’s now life-expired and we need to take this work in advance of us bringing new trains into the system.”
As many people use the Glasgow Subway daily it will be a big miss for many. However, a replacement bus service is in place during the four weeks closure. It will follow the subway route, with additional direct services to the city centre operating from key stations. Park and ride facilities will be available at Bridge Street, Kelvinbridge and Shields Road. Services will run every five minutes at peak times and every 10 minutes during off-peak.
All passengers will pay £1 for a single journey, £2 for a return and £2.50 for an all-day ticket. Child fares will be 50p for a single and £1 for a return. For more information please visit the SPT website. For more info on Glasgow please visit our Glasgow Guide