What Glaswegians think needs to change across city's transport networks

Glaswegians have spoken out about the changes they'd like to see across the city's transport services. Last week an architecture graduate from Strathclyde University unveiled her design proposals for a revolutionary sky line 'cable car' that would reconnect Glasgow's "failing" transport network while providing a sustainable alternative to harmful road transport. Caragh McCallum said she was inspired by the loss of trams in the 1960s in the city centre and said there had been no "sustainable, efficient or reliable transport system" since.

How the interior of one of the cable cars would look

It seems such views are shared widely by Glasgow Live readers, who offered a number of improvements they'd like to see across road and rail.

When it comes to buses and trains, passengers are crying out for cheaper fares and regular, more reliable journey times. But some also called for a radical overhaul including bringing back trams, an expanded subway system and making transport free for the public.

What Glaswegians think needs to change across city's transport networksCommuters at Glasgow Central Station during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic

We asked our readers what they would change across Glasgow's road and rail - here's what they had to say. One of the most commonly-cited bugbears among Glasgow commuters is irregular journey times and limited running hours on buses and trains.

Samantha Dunn asks simply for a more accurate timetable to reflect the realistic timing of train services - and more services on a Sunday. "The same trains are delayed everyday, so might as well update the time table and put the later time rather than have the earlier time and just put delayed everyday ." With car park charges having been introduced in the city centre on Sundays, they argue more should be done to incentivise people to take a bus or train into the city.

What Glaswegians think needs to change across city's transport networks

Tam Forrester said: "A lot of nurses and shift workers have to start at 7:00 or 19:00 most bus and train services are just starting or winding down at these times. How do you expect them to use public transport to get to or from work especially if they have connections or live out with the city boundaries?"

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Paul Brown said: "Run trains, buses and underground through the night as well for shift workers.

Also, make them reasonably priced and ensure good CCTV to make them safe." Christopher Rowley added: "Have it exactly like places like Germany, cheaper, timed tickets that allow you on all modes of transport.  Extend the underground." Craig Robertson said he wanted to see the underground "opening reasonable hours on a Sunday."

 "10 till 6 is a joke, especially now you have to pay for parking in the city centre on Sundays now," he said. Moira Heath called for a new bus company that "covers all routes and night-time services". "Some places it's like going back in time, as some places have no service after 6 o'clock and one bus per hour, she said. "Can also think of a service that takes nearly two hours to get to your destination.

Shocking."

What Glaswegians think needs to change across city's transport networks

Fiona Paterson argued trains don't run long enough for those staying in town later, adding: "Late night buses are practically nonexistent and the underground stops way too early. Taxis are a joke as well." And, for how limited its services are across buses and trains, many said fares are far too expensive.

Cherotich Ngetich said longer-running day tickets would encourage more people to use buses: "A DAY ticket should be a DAY ticket. A day is 24 hours so a day ticket should last for a full 24 hours. "Some tickets in England are for 24 hours like in Oxford.

Buses will be very popular if they gave tickets such as this in Glasgow." Christopher Rowley added: "Have it exactly like places like Germany, cheaper, timed tickets that allow you on all modes of transport. Extend the underground."

Scott Chatham had a few ideas too: "We need an Oyster card type of system. Tram system is badly needed. No need for buses in every street of the city centre."

Caroline Crossan said the "unreliable" trains and limited bus services mean people will keep choosing to drive into town. "Not the first time I've been dumped by the last train coming home from a gig or a night out at a station miles from my stop. And as for getting to work and back, you cant count on it," she said.

Lauren Cunningham commented: "A return ticket for an hour journey in other countries costs GBP5 yet its GBP25 at peak times to visit Edinburgh here. Daylight robbery." "Buses are slow and again, very limited service in outlying rural areas.

Thats why people will continue to drive cars, until they get the public transport running as smooth as other European cities, people will still drive." Some readers had more ambitious changes in mind, casting their eye to transport links with Glasgow Airport - with a metro to be built  between Paisley Gilmour Street and the airport - and expanding the underground system. Going underground, there were still a few niggles with the SPT Subway.

Many compared our humble 'Clockwork Orange' with the metro systems in cities such as London and Berlin, which run 24-hours at the weekends.

What Glaswegians think needs to change across city's transport networks

Jack McFarlane had a number of radical changes he'd recommend, saying the underground should be expanded to build a new underground stop linking to Central Station via an underground walkway. Reader Jane Wright arguing the Subway should travel to the east end and further southside. She said having an automated 'beep pay' system on buses such as in London buses would be "much quicker and easier."

Katie Christie commented: "24-hour services, one ticket for all modes of transport, more customer service skills training for some of the grumpiest bus drivers in the world. Open up some of the old subway stations and extend." Nikki Bees added: "I love the subway, but they could extend it further.

"A better train service too - sick of ScotFAIL and the delays getting to and from work. "

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Mhairi Wilson said: "Expand on underground services to the east end, and have better public transport for Glasgow Airport - train or underground. Even bring back the trams." Scot McManus also agreed subways should be extended with new train stations across the city: "Make the city mostly a no-go for cars and design a public transport infrastructure which is fit for purpose."

Readers James Ferry and Lisa Mac insisted public transport should be free altogether, with Lisa saying: "None of the basic living necessities should be run for profits." James added: "Watch less pollution in main cities and healthier people walking. Become an even more green city and country."

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