Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) has unveiled the third revamped station in its £288 million Subway modernisation programme.
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon launched the newly refurbished Ibrox station and took the opportunity to try out her own Subway Smartcard for the first time.
Ms Sturgeon was joined by Councillor Jim Coleman, SPT Chair, and Gordon Maclennan, SPT Chief Executive to officially mark the completion of £1.7 million of upgrades undertaken between April and November 2013.
Key improvements at Ibrox are:
- The rebuild and relocation of the ticket office and the creation of retail space
- New way finding, information and signage for passengers
- Enhancements including hearing loops, tactile paving and colour contrast flooring
- Brighter, more welcoming energy-efficient lighting
- Installation of smart gates, ticket machines and technology
- Improved CCTV system.
Ibrox joins Hillhead and Partick as a fully modernised station and it is the first station south of the city to be modernised. Ibrox, along with the other 14 stations on the network, went ‘smart’ in November with smart gates, ticket machines and behind the scenes technology now live.
The Deputy First Minister, who is also the MSP for Glasgow Southside, brought her own Subway Smartcard to top-up and was given a demonstration of the new smart technology. Ms Sturgeon heard how her constituents who utilise this vital transport link can get speedier service, more flexibility and security using smart technology.
Inspecting the improvements at Ibrox Station this morning, Deputy First Minister and Glasgow Southside MSP Nicola Sturgeon said:
“I am delighted to see these improvements at Ibrox and look forward to the modernisation programme being rolled out across the rest of the subway system. 6 of the 15 subway stations are in my Southside constituency and I am a huge fan. It’s a great way to get about Glasgow and I know many of my constituents would be lost without it.”
SPT Chair Jim Coleman said:
“I am delighted that the Deputy First Minister could join us today to celebrate another landmark in our modernisation programme.
“The Subway is part of the fabric of Glasgow life. We are committed to ensuring we deliver the best service possible for the way people live their lives now and in the future.
“Ibrox station not only looks great, it also shows we are well on track to deliver a fully revamped and technologically advanced network. Through introducing smart technology we are at the forefront of developments in fully-flexible ticketing solutions in Scotland – almost 20,000 smart customers are already benefiting from more convenience, faster journeys and increased security. Hopefully other operators will see this and we can work together to make this even better by rolling it out across other modes of transport, creating seamless travel from Subway to bus, to rail and ferry services in future.”