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Old June 22nd, 2013, 08:14 PM   #201
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Clyde Fastlink is making progress. Unfortunately we're getting single entry buses with a crappy looking livery.
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Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) is working alongside Glasgow City Council (GCC) to progress the development of a Fastlink Core Route between Glasgow City Centre and the New South Glasgow Hospitals.



Still though, hopefully it will be integrated into Glasgow's Oyster-style system, the Bramble!

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West Street will be the first station to replace the current turnstile ticket gates with the smart glass gates.
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Old June 25th, 2013, 09:24 PM   #202
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Some good material coming out of SPT with regards to Smart Ticketing and Fastlink.

Here's a very slick bit of web design explaining how to use your new smart ticket.

On reading some material on the web, it seems to be that the new SPT smart card will be compatible with the Scotrail network within the SPT zones. The new SPT smart card will also be available for the new Fastlink BRT line.

Smart ticket gates and validation points are already in place at some Scotrail stations across Glasgow, and the installation of new gates on the Subway will begin in the next few weeks, starting at West Street. The Smart Card website will update itself as these become active.



So, by the end of this year, Glasgow should have quite a well integrated public transport system. The only question mark is what the bus operators will do. Pressure is being put on the government to make participation in such schemes mandatory, but for now the SPT will have to convince companies like First to 'join in'.
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Old July 3rd, 2013, 07:26 PM   #203
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Edinburgh and Glasgow commuter rail electrification. This map shows the main commuter routes in Scotland's central belt. Once this is completed, extra capacity will be available at Glasgow Central by re-routing some commuter lines under Glasgow onto the Argyle Line, and most of Glasgow's rail services (that big cluster of lines on the west) will be fully electric.
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Old July 19th, 2013, 12:36 AM   #204
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Smart tickets are on the way in...
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Old July 19th, 2013, 08:04 AM   #205
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The only question mark is what the bus operators will do. Pressure is being put on the government to make participation in such schemes mandatory, but for now the SPT will have to convince companies like First to 'join in'.
First runs scotrail/spt trains so it's in their own interest to participate in the scheme. Especially if it means more people using trains and buses for their journeys. I also wonder how much money the cards themselves make the owners from unspent balances, presumably they could earn interest on the money stored on them too
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Old July 19th, 2013, 02:46 PM   #206
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First Glasgow (who run the buses) and First Scotrail are both two completely separate companies. First Glasgow is totally on it's own to run the buses as it wishes, wheras First Scotrail have to run the trains to standards set by Transport Scotland, i.e, a regulated service run to requirement by a private operator.

Scotrail have already shown signs of smart ticket integration. Yellow tap points are appearing all over Glasgow's stations, yet the buses won't do anything unless there's a very good reason (for them) to do so. Some re-regulation of the buses is key to make things work properly.
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Old July 22nd, 2013, 10:07 PM   #207
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Yep, diesel 156s do the odd run to Newcastle Central via Carlisle.
Probably not the greatest of journeys...
Tell me about it. I had to travel to Dumfries one time. On the way back up, the train had it's heating on full blast all the way from Kilmarnock to Central. Not pleasant at all.
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Old July 22nd, 2013, 11:58 PM   #208
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http://www.spt.co.uk/smart/

Cessnock, Kinning Park, West St. and Bridge St. all online with smart gates! I know it seems sad, but I bloody can't wait to tap through. ''Just lit aw them cairds in London int it? Pure modern''.

The day when I don't have to keep an eye out for the ticky will be a great one!
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Old August 8th, 2013, 02:12 AM   #209
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Shields Rd, Cowcaddens and St. George's Cross have now been upgraded with new gates. Glaswegians are slowly learning the ways of the smart card. We no longer throw our tickets on the floor after putting them through the old turnstiles!

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Keeping the 70s forms, but introducing a new identity and a more 'icy' modernistic palette. I sometimes wonder if I'll long for the cream and brown of the ''Underground'' of the past in a few decades time, where you crowded onto a narrow, exposed, platform, held your stance against the howling wind and smell of the approaching train, and then huddled in with a bunch of strangers, bending to the shape of the door to get floor space. Off for a wee shoogle.

I felt they could have restored a station to it's Victorian form, with natural light and pastel tones, but this is unlikely. Hopefully we don't repeat the mistake of the late 70s and completely erase the Subway's heritage. Back then, the city seemed intent on destroying what was left of 'old' Glasgow, but now we want to preserve what makes our city so great. I do hope we keep some little momentos of the past around, I'd hate to travel in a sterile 'modern' Metro...

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Old August 20th, 2013, 11:00 PM   #210
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North Clyde Line - Charing Cross


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Old August 21st, 2013, 04:44 PM   #211
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A 'new' video on Youtube, documenting the Subway's last days in 1977.


''If the water comes up, nd gets intae the motors, the motors ur cooked.''
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Old August 23rd, 2013, 01:58 PM   #212
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Went through Bridge St yesterday. Loving the look of the new gates.
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Old August 27th, 2013, 10:54 AM   #213
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Yesterday's
Glaswegians revolt over ticket changes for 'Clockwork orange' subway system
"...the new card readers won't be able to track the number of journeys someone takes, but for £300m they should be able to buy machines that can count to 20. ..."
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What went wrong with the subway on Friday morning?
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Old September 1st, 2013, 06:11 AM   #215
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next most recent found:

21 Aug 2013
Cross-party political campaign fights to save Glasgow Subway sign

POLITICAL heavyweights have joined in a fight to save a 24-year-old metal sign that adorns a Glasgow Subway station.
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The thing with this is, people don't seem to realise that the new cards will be PAYG, which means they will be able to use their card when they wish without it running out, just like the old 10 and 20 journey tickets.

SPT could be doing more to highlight this, but still, people are eejits.
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Naah ... the eejit factor lies in the person who supposes his reply performs conning better than any one of SPT's rackets can cough up
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Old September 9th, 2013, 01:50 AM   #218
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The smart gates are going up at Buchanan Street. Went through on Friday afternoon and the old ones were gone.

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That is a ridiculous amount of switches for the Central Station! Great transit network.
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