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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 2:06 pm    Post subject: Subway extension - again...  Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

More Subway extension talk...


A NEW Subway line crossing Glasgow from east to west could be up and running
in time for the Commonwealth Games.


The scheme would run in tandem with a complete facelift of the existing
Clockwork Orange.

The 111-year-old Subway would get better stations, escalators, lighting,
new rolling stock, upgraded power supply and a new ticket system.

Together, the extension and the upgrade would cost hundreds of millions
of pounds.

Earlier this year, consultants employed by Strathclyde Partnership for
Transport, presented 11 possible options for the future of the Subway.



http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/display.var.1755423.0.0.php

http://www.subway2020.com/







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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Be nice if they just did it up, games or not, or is that too much of a jump for them ?

Always a laugh to see the ET pissing itself when it gets thrown a bone from some official body, or big business
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Aye, it's obviously another slow news day....




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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

I'm not convinced by this plan at all - whilst the east end is badly in need of some investment in infrastructure, a line from the SECC to Parkhead is already fairly well served for most of its length by the Argyle line, I don't really see the point in replicating that.

Explains the amount of cleaning up that had been going on in the disused tunnels though, guess you can't really survey them when they're overgrown and full of crap!
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Gap74 wrote:
I'm not convinced by this plan at all - whilst the east end is badly in need of some investment in infrastructure, a line from the SECC to Parkhead is already fairly well served for most of its length by the Argyle line, I don't really see the point in replicating that.

I agree - I dont see the point in this proposal at all.




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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

It'll be useful for ferrying tourists around for the commenwealth games (assuming we are hosting them)

But after that it'll be pretty pointless
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

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It'll be useful for ferrying tourists around for the commenwealth games (assuming we are hosting them)

But after that it'll be pretty pointless

A better (and cheaper idea) would be to temporarily re-open the Bridgton Cross
to Parkhead heavy-rail section for the games. And that's more likely to happen IMHO.




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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Seems the most sensible option in my view too, a short spur and a much-needed redecoration of the current Bridgeton station, which must be one of the drabbest on the network (not that there's any shortage of candidates for that title!).

If the subway were to be expanded in some form though....

What would be the best way forward, in the humble opinion of these forummers?? Is there any sensible way of re-using the currently disused tunnels across the city that would actually produce a coherent and viable route? Almost all of them have, as far as I can tell, been compromised by development at some point along their route. Or would an entirely new system be best, despite the huge cost that would entail?
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

I honestly don't think re-using the old rail tunnels is worthwile - it's simply a
cheap option. Most of them lead to areas already well-served by rail/bus or, as
you say, there has been heavy development of the old formation.

I did like the idea of an Eastern loop to the underground (first mooted in 1944,
shown below) but in all honesty, it's just too damn expensive.



Rehash of the above plan?




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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2007 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Here we go - again...


East End Subway link is a done deal before 2014 Games

PLANS for a multi-million extension of Glasgow's Subway system into the East
End are firmly on track.


SPT chairman Alistair Watson today revealed: "We will deliver the East End
extension for 2014. I am being unequivocal about that."

The historic decision to give the 2014 Commonwealth Games to Glasgow
on Friday has concentrated efforts to transform Glasgow's transport
infrastructure.

A major revamp of the 111-year-old subway system is planned and the
first phase will be an extension linking the SECC to the Commonwealth
Games village opposite Celtic Park and the nearby new National Indoor
Arena.

It is thought the SECC line will connect with Argyle Street low level before
going further east to Bridgeton and Parkhead.

The extension is among a number of transport plans expected to become
priorities for the city now.

Other pressing projects include the completion of the M74, the Glasgow
Airport rail link and a facelift of the existing subway - with improved
stations, escalators, lighting and a new ticket system.

Previously SPT had said work on the Clockwork Orange extension could
start as early as 2010.

Councillor Watson said he now had no hesitation in declaring the east-west
subway extension as "on track."

He could not comment on whether this date would be brought forward in
light of the Games decision, but he said it would become a reality, with the
expected Government financial backing.

The cost extension is not clear, at this stage.




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