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Old May 19th, 2014, 12:11 PM   #241
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Glasgow Subway to work around the clock
16 May 2014

THE Glasgow Subway will operate almost around the clock during the two weekends of the Commonwealth Games

On Saturday August 26 and Sunday August 27, athletes will each day be competing in 13 different sports in venues in the city.

The following Saturday, medals in eight sports will be up for grabs while there will be contests in four sports on Sunday, August 3 along with the closing ceremony.

In an attempt to get hundreds of thousands of sports fans safely home, subway bosses have agreed to run the underground system from early in the morning until late at night.

Eric Stewart, assistant chief executive of Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, said: "It will be a very early start and a very late finish."

It is understood the Subway could remain operating until around 1.30am on the two weekends to ensure people are not stranded.

Under normal circumstances it opens to the public from Monday to Saturday between 11.30pm and 6.30am. Hours of operation on Sundays are from 10am until 6pm.

Mr Stewart said: "Week days, there will be a peak service running throughout the entire day and every train will be out.

"The trains are 35 years old and need a bit of tender loving care so we are having to do a lot of preparatory work.

"We tend to carry 40,000 passengers a day but we will be looking at around 120,000 passengers.

"It will be busy but we will be staffed up for that and there will be a lot of people to provide assistance.

"For example, if someone turns up with a wheelchair unexpectedly, we will be there to help."
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Old July 6th, 2014, 02:45 AM   #242
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With Glasgow being given access to a City Deal (Wherby the eight local authorities which make up the Greater Glasgow Urban Area will work closer together under a similar arrangement to that of the West Midlands or Greater Manchester), the headline project which this will allow is the Glasgow Airport Rail Link.

http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/u...ron.1404383107

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The cash boost will go towards a new fund which will support infrastructure projects such as a new airport rail link, major improvements to the region's road and bus network and the development of new business sites.

In 2006, the Scottish Parliament passed the Glasgow Airport Rail Link which would have resulted in trains between Central Station and the airport.

However the £210million scheme was scrapped three years later as part of spending cuts.

Glasgow, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, East Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and West Dunbartonshire councils have pledged £130m to the new infrastructure fund.
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Old July 6th, 2014, 03:26 AM   #243
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It's £25 mill per annum. So rounding up for inflation GARL should be good to start in.. 2024/2025. Yaaaaaay! </sarcasm>
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Old July 19th, 2014, 05:59 PM   #244
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St. Enoch concourse making progress in time for the Commonwealth Games.


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St Enoch today.

And Queen Street Low Level is the first of the LL line stations to be refurbished!

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The new Queen St low level, with the yellow panels gone, and new seating. Few things I'm not happy about;

1) There's now far less seating than before.
2) Signage is atrocious. There's two arrows for the stairs which either point to "George Square" (with a photo of George Sq next to it, red tarmac and all!), the other way points to "Customer Service and Ticket Gates" (with a photograph of the ticket gates next to it!) WTF? What was wrong with Way Out or Main/High Level Station? Also they have removed signage for the Glasgow Airport Bus Link and also for the Subway. Complete balls-up.
3) Not a deal breaker but all stations should now have dual English/Gaelic signage. Another balls-up.
4) New panels look a bit flimsy. They won't last as long as the yellow ones did.



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Old July 27th, 2014, 12:25 PM   #245
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More photos from St. Enoch station, taken from SPT's website:











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Old August 6th, 2014, 04:51 PM   #246
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Great pictures. The transformation is quite remarkable. I use St. Enoch frequently!

In heavy rail news, Hitachi have put forward their intention to supply trains for the flagship EGIP project, which will electrify the main Edinburgh-Glasgow commuter railway.

http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/t...2381n.24804341

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The designs were displayed in London by Hitachi Rail Europe which is in competition to operate commuter trains as part of the £741million Edinburgh-Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP) and in east London.

The company said the AT200 trains, to be made at Hitachi's new 100-125mph train factory under construction in Newton Aycliffe in County Durham, will offer a comfortable passenger environment.

Carriages will have inter-vehicle gangways for better use of passenger space, tables and toilet facilities, LED lighting throughout, air conditioning as standard, USB and power sockets available at every seat as well as passenger wi-fi provision.
The new service will require eight car units. Services will continue to be 4tph (every 15 minutes), but bear in mind there are three other Glasgow-Edinburgh routes, and the Scottish Government are in the planning stages of a new ''high speed'' line.

Hitachi are also bidding for the London Overground, supplying more 'metro' style variants of their new unit. It'd be great to see those replace the ageing 314s and 318/320s on the South-Suburban and Low Level lines.





The E&G line is a very important one for the Central Belt, so we deserve something good. I also expect Bombardier and Siemens to put forward their units too for use on this line.

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INSIDE TRACK: Glasgow airport rail link may be back on the table
Thursday 21 August 2014

IT has been a thorn in the side of the Scottish Government ever since their controversial decision to scrap it in 2008, but by the end of this month airport bosses at Glasgow should finally be clearer on the plans for a long-awaited rail link from the terminal to the city

A feasibility study on proposals for a tram-train hybrid connecting Glasgow airport to the city centre is said to be more or less complete, with airport chiefs expecting to get their first look at the report by the end of August.

The wider public may have longer to wait, as Transport Scotland is likely to await feedback from the airport before publishing the findings.

Nonetheless, the study will be a first step towards neutralising one of the most bitter disputes to engulf east-west relations in the Central Belt. Labour-run Glasgow and Renfrewshire councils were enraged when the Scottish Government axed the Glasgow Airport Rail Link (Garl) in September 2009 amid fears the budget was spiralling out of control

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Old August 26th, 2014, 07:30 PM   #248
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Services on the Whifflet Line, which is currently operated by DMUs into Glasgow Central High Level, are being diverted onto the underground Argyle Line in the next few months as the Whifflet Line electrification is completed. This will add an extra 2tph between Cambuslang and Anderston, bringing this section of the Argyle Line up to 8tph.
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Old August 28th, 2014, 08:23 PM   #249
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Official from SPT:

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St Enoch Subway station modernisation works ramp up
26 August 2014



Passengers have told us they love the new look following the completion of the first phase of its £5.3 million renovation. The major makeover to our flagship city centre station is part of a £288 million modernisation programme across the network.

St Enoch’s, one of the biggest and busiest of our 15 stations, serves almost two million passengers per year. It has a brand new station office combined with a travel centre now in operation.

Complex construction work to install a lift and stunning new glass canopy work is underway. For the next few months there are hoardings in place around the station exterior but don’t let that put you off. St Enoch Subway will remain operational and SPT is working with contractors to minimise disruption for passengers. Staff are also on hand to help.
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Old August 31st, 2014, 01:20 PM   #250
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With the City Deal coming, a link to the Airport is somewhat back on the cards.

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Sounds like a heavy rail link is a non starter as I expected.

One possible Tram train route shown here:



http://www.scotsman.com/news/transpo...link-1-3341191

Half of the extra capacity created for GARL has been used to provide more Ayrshire services so if you want to run 4 tram trains per hour into Central (which is what Aecom modelled) some existing Ayrshire services will have to be removed.
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I believe the city deal is not enough to even just pay the interest each year on loans to build the airport link. £10mill a year was the figure?
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Not too clued up on the financial details, so I'm not sure. Would be similar to how Greater Manchester funded it's Metrolink extension (I think).
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Not too clued up on the financial details, so I'm not sure. *Would be similar to how Greater Manchester funded it's Metrolink extension (I think).
Looking at City Deal as a whole, the councils will spend the full £1.13 billion in the first 10 years but will only receive £400 million in grant payments in that period. So they will have to borrow £730 million in years 1-10 then pay off the debt using annual City Deal grant instalments received in years 11-20. If GDP growth targets are not met and future instalments are withheld the councils will be solely responsible for the outstanding debt, so there's a fair degree of risk involved.

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Thanks. So the funding is £40 mill a year. That's about half a mile of track if the Edinburgh trams are anything to go by..
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The edinburgh trams were hideously mismanaged, so you can pretty much halve the price to get a reasonable estimate.
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Thanks. So the funding is £40 mill a year. That's about half a mile of track if the Edinburgh trams are anything to go by..
Yes over the first 10 years that's the average. It'll be paid in annual instalments: £30m pa in years 1-5; a total of £250m in years 6-10; £300m in years 11-15; and £300m in years 16-20. Payments beyond year 5 all subject to passing 5-yearly reviews of course.
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SPT announced this month that they appointed architects for Bridge Street, Cessnock, Kelvinbridge and Shields Road subway stations. Taken from here:
http://www.spt.co.uk/subway/modernisation/
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St Enoch station upgrade has began:

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St Enoch - Demolition of old entrance and rebar appearing for new entrance.


Hillhead - New Tinderbox coffee bar.
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Old November 6th, 2014, 09:18 PM   #259
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Some pics from St. Enoch station, taken from Scottish subforum:

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Can't believe how quick this has gone up. The scale is impressive too.



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Its so easy to use the subway system when travelling around the city. The price is great too.
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