Glasgow subway takes on new blue look
AS a nickname it made more sense than the cryptic title of the controversial Stanley Kubrick movie.
The Clockwork Orange, the term of affection for Glasgow’s rudimentary subway system since the early 1980s, is no more.
The last carriage with the characteristic orange livery has now been taken out of circulation as part of the modernisation of the subway’s rolling stock. All the trailer cars in Strathclyde Partnership for Transport’s subway fleet are being rebuilt, the interiors redesigned and exteriors rebranded at a cost of £1.7m.
The first of the newly refurbished cars, with a bright blue exterior in support of Glasgow’s bid to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games, came into service yesterday com- plete with new suspension and braking systems, replacement upholstery with “contemporary colour scheme” in line with SPT’s trademark carmine and cream colours and new interior lighting to assist the visually impaired.
Other improvements include a redesign of interior hand rails, in line with the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act.
The workwas carried out by Glasgow-based Railcare Ltd.
Glasgow’s subway, the third oldest in the world after London and Budapest, adopted the brash orange branding following a major overhaul of the system in 1980.
John Messner, curator of transport and technology at the Glasgow Museum of Transport, said the orange gave the subway a distinction from its previous incarnation, as well as other underground rail systems.
He said: “Orange wasn’t unique but it was totally different from before and its hard to think of another subway which had that consistent orange colour. It was appreciated and loved by many people and there’ll be many memories of it.”
SPT chairman Alistair Watson said: “The subway system has served Glasgow well for more than 100 years and remains an important part of the transport infrastructure.
“We’re under no illusion that Glasgow, as a 21st century city, needs a modern subway.”
OFF THE TRACKS: The last of the old-style Clockwork Orange carriages is removed from service.
GAMES COLOURS: Two of the newly refurbished cars.