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Subway extension study given funding.
SPT has employed consultants to carry out a new study to look into the possibilities of extending Glasgow's Subway network. Authority members agreed to proceed with the £40,000 study on Friday 3 June. The study will look at all possible options for new tracks and stations and will then draw up preferred schemes. Possible improvements include extending the system to the east end and south side of Glasgow, and the Clyde Waterfront and Glasgow Harbour developments have also been suggested.
Director of Operations Douglas Ferguson said: "The study will identify exactly where the expansion will take place, but one of the obvious areas is the riverside which is undergoing a lot of development but does not have good public transport. The other prime scheme would be to extend the network out into the west end of the city."
New routes could operate in a network of unused tunnels which run under the city or be created by digging tunnels under city roads which would then be re-instated once work is complete. However, before any extension plans get underway, SPT hopes to replace the current rolling stock on the Subway.
Chair Alistair Watson said he expected the extension to cost in the region of £800million, and the replacement of rolling stock to cost around £50million.
Green light for Partick station.
The multi-million pound project to rebuild Partick station has now received the green light after months of negotiations. The £9.7million project involves a complete overhaul of the facilities at the bus, rail and Subway interchange in Glasgow's west end. The station is Scotland's fifth busiest, and looks set to become busier still with the Clyde Waterfront Regeneration now underway.
The project, first proposed in 1996, has been held up by a series of land, legal, technical and financial issues. These include a decision about who would provide insurance cover for incidents such as construction accidents, which could close the rail network and incur performance penalty payments.
A deal resolving the outstanding issues was formally approved on 20 May 2005 following several weeks of intense top level negotiations between SPT, the Scottish Executive and Network Rail to get the project back on track.
The existing station will now be demolished and rebuilt, providing improved access to the platform and bus stances and state-of-the-art passenger information systems. Passengers will also see improved comfort and safety, and greatly improved access for travellers with mobility problems.