Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

An on­line pe­ti­tion has been set up to ex­pand Glas­gow’s sub­way sys­tem into Castlemilk.

The Think Out­side the Cir­cle cam­paign says un­like other cities such as New York, Lon­don and Paris, Glas­gow has never ex­tended its orig­i­nal sin­gle line sys­tem first built in 1896.

They have sug­gested adding a fur­ther four lines to the sys­tem, one of which would end in Castlemilk.

So far 4,185 peo­ple have signed the Think Out­side the Cir­cle pe­ti­tion, which is call­ing on Strath­clyde Part­ner­ship for Trans­port and Scot­tish min­is­ter for Trans­port Humza Yousaf to ex­tend the Sub­way.

The cam­paign is tar­get­ing 5,000 sig­na­tures.

The on­line pe­ti­tion states: “The Sub­way is not ac­ces­si­ble to the ma­jor­ity liv­ing in Glas­gow and as a re­sult is un­der­used for a city of its size.

“The rid­er­ship of Glas­gow’s Sub­way com­pares poorly to that of ge­o­graph­i­cally smaller and less pop­u­lated cities such as Lis­bon whose an­nual un­der­ground rid­er­ship is 140.9 mil­lion, while Glas­gow Sub­way’s an­nual rid­er­ship is 12.8 mil, de­spite hav­ing the larger pop­u­la­tion.

“An ex­tended Sub­way net­work would pro­vide a life­line to iso­lated com­mu­ni­ties, im­prove ev­ery­one’s over­all mo­bil­ity, and re­duce re­liance on cars and the prob­lem of scarcity of park­ing spa­ces.”

How­ever SPT have al­ready knocked back the pro­pos­als, stat­ing that the costs would be too much.

A spokes­woman for Strath­clyde Pas­sen­ger Trans­port said: “There are no plans to ex­tend the Sub­way.

“A re­port from 2007 high­lighted two op­tions for the Sub­way - the mod­erni­sa­tion of the ex­ist­ing sys­tem or con­sid­er­a­tion of a pos­si­ble ex­ten­sion to the East End of Glas­gow.

Tun­nel vi­sion Cam­paign­ers want Glas­gow’s sub­way sys­tem ex­tended to Castlemilk but SPT have dis­missed the sug­ges­tion

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