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Quick way to get around the main sites of central Glasgow
Member Name: tconnor
Advantages: Quick, convenient
Disadvantages: only serves central Glasgow; however thats fine for me!
A little known fact is that the Glasgow Underground is actually the 3rd oldest in the world after London & Budapest!
As I live in the West End of Glasgow the underground if the form of public transport I use the most. From my local stop of Kelvinbridge to Buchanan St in the city center takes 5 minutes. I personally think the underground is brilliant as it is fast efficient clean and safe.
Now to those who don't know Glasgow has an underground & are picturing the expanse of the London or Paris underground systems - you are a bit off track! The Glasgow underground consists of 2 lines which follow exactly the same 6.5mile route, one clockwise & one anti clockwise. It also only serves the river side areas of the city center so if you plan to travel further afield then this service is of no use. Although as Glasgow has won the 2014 commonwealth games there are potential plans for an east end expansion.
The Glasgow underground is often referred to by guide books etc as the "clockwork orange" due to many of the carriages being orange; however I have never heard it being called that, I know it purely as the subway!
The two city center stations are Buchanan Street which gives access to Queen St station (trains over to Edinburgh) and the top end of Glasgow's shopping streets (Sauchihall st, Buchanan galleries) and St Enoch which gives access to the lower end of Buchanan st and Argyle street. Central Station & Princes Sq I would say is equidistant between the two.
Outwith of the city center the following stations are ones of potential interest.
Hillhead - West end of Glasgow, Byres Rd, Glasgow University, Huntarian museum
KelvinBridge - West end of Glagow, Gt Western Road
Kelvinhall - Kelvinhall sports & exhibition center, Kelvin grove museum
Partick - Access to mainline rail line
Ibrox - Rangers football ground, access point for the annual womens 10k
Cessnock - Science center, southern access to SECC, BBC, STV
Cowcaddens - Tenement house museum
Shields Rd/Bridge St/Kelvinbride - park & ride
A basic single ticket costs £1.10adult £0.55 children. There are a number of ticket deals including a discovery ticket which is a unlimited daily ticket valid after 9.30am for £2.50, a 7 day season ticket £10 and a 10/20 multi ride ticket no time limits for £9/£17 which can be bought online at www.spt.co.uk. Prk & ride costs £4.20
The trains run from 6.30am to 23.30pm Mon-Sat and Sunday times are 10am-6pm although they will now thankfully open up the underground early on a Sunday for certain events such as the womens 10k.
Ive lived in Glasgow now for over 7 years & in that time have seen a number of improvements - namely safety. Buchanan Street now sports a glass safety barrier.
Summary: Quick and easy way to get around the main sites of central Glasgow
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