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Glasgow Metro – Where did that come from?

(The answer’s in the linked articles.)

I’ll be honest and say I ran away from all forms of public transport as soon as I could, having spent much of my early life forced into using it – for example, a four year stretch of depending on the ‘Green Bus’ that got me into and out of Glasgow every day. Today, I have no idea why I had to use that rather than a Corporation bus, but there must have been a reason.

I first came across a metro system during the time our company had an office in Durham, which meant trips there, and Newcastle, and Beamish Museum.

Having tried driving and parking around the city, when I notice publicity for the metro, and was staying in a hotel not far from a connection, curiosity enticed me into giving it a try. I ended up impressed, and using it on a number of return visits.

A number of features made it attractive, not least of which being that it actually worked!

It had ‘Park & Ride’, so I could leave my car at the point where I arrived, outside the city, so no time wasted looking for somewhere to park.

Tickets came from a machine, took only a few seconds to set up and pay for, and were valid for the whole day, unlimited trips, so no need for detailed planning so long as you stayed within the zone you paid for.

Trains/buses/coaches were integrated, so you just jumped on and off whatever suited, and your ticket was valid for all.

I wonder if it still exists? After the office was closed after a few years, I never had much reason to get back.

I realise some aspects mentioned are common now, but this was years ago, before smart phones and contactless systems.

The Glasgow system appears, in summary at least, to be realistic, and based on actual analysis, as opposed to endless whining heard from naysayers who still think, for example, that buses run the same way they did some thirty years ago, but I suspect are people who have never actually been on a bus in that time. Their method of commenting on proposals is to look at their belly button fluff, and repeat whatever it tells them.

I’m reasonably sure I’d win a bet that said the haters will be out with their knives sharpened, and the ‘People who like to say NO!’ will be planning parties.

The only downside I can see is that I’ll probably not be around when it arrives.

Oh well.

Glasgow needs a city-wide metro system to reconnect left-behind areas and boost the economy, according to a radical new blueprint.

The Glasgow Connectivity Commission wants about £10bn to be spent over the next 20 years on a range of measures to upgrade the city’s transport capacity.

It said the first new link should be to Glasgow Airport via Renfrew, Braehead and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Other tram or light rail lines should then be spread out across the city.

The commission, which was set up by Glasgow City Council 18 months ago, wants the metro network to revive abandoned rail routes, convert heavy rail to light rail and develop on-street trams.

The commission proposed:

  • Developing a Glasgow Metro to connect areas of the city poorly served by rail
  • Connecting Glasgow Central and Queen Street stations by a tunnel to increase capacity
  • Extend Glasgow Central station to the south of the Clyde to prepare for HS2 services
  • Developing plans for bus priority on Glasgow’s motorway network
  • Preparing for the shift to electric vehicles by considering new methods of road charging

CONNECTIVITY Commission Reveal Public Transport Vision For Glasgow

Radical blueprint calls for Glasgow metro

Glasgow-wide Metro system part of ‘radical’ new proposals to transform city transport

I would/will be impressed if I ever see the old Edinburgh Road looking anything like this concept view.

Edinburgh Road Metro Concept

Edinburgh Road Metro Concept

Ever since the traffic was taken off it years ago, I’ve thought it looks like the biggest waste of road space to be seen around Glasgow.

Having sat in nose-to-tail traffic jams on it in the past, if you were brave enough today you could probably just close your eyes and walk across it without looking, such is the low volume of traffic there now.

As a final thought…

Glasgow really HAS to do this, if only to show Edinburgh how a project like this SHOULD be done, after the tram fiasco it ‘enjoyed’ recently.

30/04/2019 Posted by | council, Transport | , , , , | Leave a comment

Don’t Think, Just Shoot

While I’ll admit to a degree of OCD and/or perfectionism (I’m so glad I simply can’t afford something like Photoshop or I’d never be seen again), and while I once just used pics straight from the camera, I don’t think I’ve done so for years, as even the simplest of ‘tidies’ can vastly improve things. For example, ever since digital arrived, I don’t think I’ve shot a level/straight pic – yet I never seemed to suffer from this when I used film.

Sometimes I just go with the Lomograph (look it up online) motto of the title – not every pic has to be pin-sharp and perfectly exposed.

No need to splash out on a special camera though. Save money and just downgrade your digital, or shoot without thinking.

I was hanging over a bridge near Cambuslang last night (so, I have some strange habits) when I spotted a train coming, and an interesting smoke trail being picked out by light coming from below, plus some Moon. It was a slim crescent in reality, but looks more like a disk.

I’m almost surprised at how much came out in this unplanned grab (with only one chance), as it should be obvious there is little ambient artificial light here, but the spill from works on the right, plus the light from the passing train just made it work – and delivered my demand of a low-light hand-held shot.

I wish somebody would lose the trees nearest the bridge though, apart from encroaching on the view, they catch too much light from the road behind.

Cambuslang Night Train

Cambuslang Night Train

21/02/2018 Posted by | photography, Transport | , , , , , | Leave a comment


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