Subway station upgrades

  • West Street has been rebranded
  • Govan Cross has been rebranded
  • Bridge Street underground on the south side

Lead Partner: SPT

Project Team: McAlpine Graham Construction


Project History
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  • Ibrox station before work starts
  • The subway at Govan Cross pre-refurbishment
  • Bridge Street underground on the south side
  • Govan Cross has been rebranded
  • West Street has been rebranded




Strathclyde Partnership for Transport are undertaking a £290m programme of work to upgrade their Subway stations.

The project which will cover all 15 stations will be carried out over a number of years, and it is hoped will boost usage by 40%.

The initial stages of the programme are a facelift for the stations to be ready for the Commonwealth Games and this work is currently underway.  These works include improvements for disabled passenagers by including tactile flooring, wayfinding lighting and induction hearing loops.  New escalators will be installed and new Smartcard technology will replace the old ticketing system.  Public art will also be installed at some stations, including at Ibrox, which is in the Clyde Waterfront area.

The longer term plans for the upgrade include driverless trains, new signalling, more frequency in services and extended opening hours on a Sunday.

The last upgrade of the Subway network was 30 years ago, when the entire system was closed down.  These improvements will be carried out while the Subway is still in operation.  It will take a decade before the major work is complete.

The Subway is 113 years old and the 3rd oldest in the world.

Subway stations within the Clyde Waterfront area are: St Enoch, Bridge Street, West Street, Ibrox, Govan, Partick and Kelvinhall.


Current status:

Hillhead, Partick and Govan stations are complete.  Kelvinhall will be complete in time for Commonwealth Games.


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