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Scotland, United Kingdom

Date of opening14 Dec 1896
Network length10.4 km (6.46 mi)
Lines1        Line history
Stations per line15.00
Avg. station distance743 m (0.46 mi)
Avg. line length10.40 km (6.46 mi)
*with transfer stations counted once
Numerical data by J. Serradell, 14 Sep 2008
System typeMetro, known as Subway
Daily ridership (by J. Kennes)35,600 (as of 2011)
Daily ridership per km (per mi)3,420 (2,130)
Fare collection
TrackLeft, gauge: 1219 mm
Power supplyThird rail, 600 V
Air-conditioned trains
Walk-through trains
Rubber-tyred trains
Driverless lines
Platform screen doors
World Metro Database

Official map
Source: jpg, © 2011

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Transit mapsSystem map imagesö - moving trains

Metro Arts and Architecture

Examples of interesting station design:


Photo: Buchanan Street station entrance glowing in the sunlight.

Metro Museum

transport museum Museum of Transport. Exhibition about the history of transport, including a section about the Subway. Since 1964. Location: New building by Zaha Hadid architects from 2010.
Address: 1 Bunhouse Road, G3 8DP. At Kelvinhall metro station.

Abandoned Lines

Glasgow had a number of main line railways (with some metro characteristics) built beneath its streets - one has been continuously in operation, one permanently closed in the 1960s but was reopened in the 1970s, and one (branch line) remains closed. A surface suburban network was built by a main line railway in nearby Paisley at the start of the last century, but (owing to sudden, unexpected competition from electric trams, which appeared just before it was due to open) it never carried passengers. In the 1930s, the main line railway from Finsbury Park to Alexandra Palace was partially converted to London Transport standards (in order to be taken over by the Underground), but this scheme was later abandoned and the line has since closed.

Reaching the Beaches

Firth of Clyde (English Channel): Glasgow Central to Ayr commuter line (the same line which serves Prestwick Airport) goes to Irvine, Troon, Prestwick and Ayr in the West of Scotland. These places are popular for day trips from Glasgow. Trains run every half hour, the trip takes 30-50 minutes.

Circle Lines

Isolated circle - Circle Line - 10.4 km - 15 stations - round trip 24 minutes - completed 1896.


  Glasgow photo gallery.

Handpicked Resources Official website

Generic Links for Glasgow Subway

Wikipedia entry at entry at
Railway Gazette search at
Discussion at
System photos at Google Images
City information at

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