Hillhead subway station

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Hillhead
Hillhead Glasgow subway.jpg
Hillhead station nearing completion of modernisation work
Station statistics
Address Hillhead, Glasgow
Scotland
Coordinates 55°52′33″N 4°17′32″W / 55.87583°N 4.29222°W / 55.87583; -4.29222Coordinates: 55°52′33″N 4°17′32″W / 55.87583°N 4.29222°W / 55.87583; -4.29222
Structure type underground
Platforms 2
Other information
Opened 1896
Rebuilt 1977 - 1980
Operator SPT
Fare zone G
ZoneCard in use
Traffic
Passengers () 1.897 million annually enter/exit[citation needed]

Hillhead subway station is a station on the Glasgow Subway, serving the Hillhead area of Glasgow, Scotland. The entrance is located on Byres Road.

This station is the nearest to Glasgow Botanic Gardens and the University of Glasgow.

The station is one of the busiest on the system with 1.86 million boardings per year.[1] This is largely due to the shopping facilities of Byres Road and proximity to the university, which allows students to travel between campus and the city centre.

History[edit]

During the modernisation of the underground system between 1977 and 1980, Hillhead subway station went through major rebuilding. Previously the station had a single island platform serving both tracks; the station was rebuilt with a much more spacious ticket office, escalators and an additional side platform.

Current layout[edit]

There are three automated ticket machines located in the entrance way, which leads up to an information centre where passengers may buy tickets of longer duration and get more information on transport in Glasgow. Then there is the ticket office which is manned by one staff member at a time. There are six turnstiles into which a ticket must be entered in order to pass. There are three for entering and three for exiting the subway.

Two escalators and one staircase provide access to the two platforms, and maps are present to guide passengers to the correct platform for their destination.

The platform features, on one side, a perspex barrier with a handrail which was built for safety reasons.[2]

Modernisation[edit]

Hillhead will be the first station to be upgraded as part of SPT's plan to modernise the Subway at a cost of £1.5million. Under the plans, the escalators will be replaced and the interior design will be refreshed. Lighting and facilities for disabled people will also be improved. In addition, SPT commissioned author and artist Alasdair Gray to create a piece of public artwork for the station. The improvement work was completed in 2012.[3]

Alasdair Gray mural[edit]

On 16 September 2012 a mural that depicts the surrounding area was unveiled in the station's foyer. The work is by Alasdair Gray, and was developed over fourteen months with artist Nichol Wheatley using ceramics. Gray stated, "The station is in the centre of Hillhead, which I know well. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the old BBC building and Botanic Gardens had been among my favourite places since the age of eleven. I have lived and worked in the district since 1969, and I knew I would enjoy depicting it, and those who use the subway, in a symbolic and humorous way."[4]


Preceding station   Strathclyde Partnership for Transport   Following station
Kelvinhall   Glasgow Subway   Kelvinbridge

References[edit]

  1. ^ Statistics and Trends (PDF). Glasgow, Scotland: Strathclyde Passenger Transport Executive. 2005. 
  2. ^ "UrbanRail.net -- Glasgow". Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Deputy First Minister opens revamped Subway station". 17 September 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Alasdair Gray Glasgow subway mural is unveiled". BBC.co.uk. Retrieved 5 October 2012.