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Funding for Subway ‘not enough to halt cutbacks’

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Glasgow Subway boss warns of cuts

An emergency funding package for Glasgow Subway has been described as “disappointing” and not enough to stop cutbacks.

Transport Scotland is providing £4m to help the Subway and Edinburgh trams cope with the effects of the pandemic and follows a £9m handout in July.

However, Martin Bartos, the chairman of Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, which runs Glasgow Subway, said the funding leaves the organisation facing a deficit.

He said: “The funding package is disappointing when contrasted with the speed of the hundreds of millions of pounds of money and commitments provided to private rail and bus transport companies since March.”

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He claimed it would mean “cuts to our capacity to support public transport”.

Transport Secretary Michael Matheson said: “The Glasgow Subway and Edinburgh Trams continue to provide key connections within our two biggest cities.

“Any restrictions on these services could have placed unsustainable demands on other modes, especially bus and so this funding will assist capacity across all public transport.

“We will continue to monitor the demand, capacity and costs of support across all transport modes.”

Martin Dean, chairman of Edinburgh Trams said: “The ongoing financial support allows us to continue to operate our services.”

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