GLASGOW Subway will close for a weekend in July to allow essential upgrade works.

The service will not be available on July 4 and 5 - and commuters will be able to access a replacement bus service.

The upgrade work has been planned to allow contractors to install new signalling and power cable routes in the depot operational areas.

Subway Director Antony Smith said: “The decision to suspend subway services has not been taken lightly. This is essential work that must be carried out to upgrade the subway.

“The safest way to do this work is with a full suspension of services, as the new cable routes need to be installed under the tracks. To do this we need to excavate below tracks in the depot and shut off the traction power, both of which prevent train movements in the operational areas and means we cannot move trains in and out of the system during this time.

“We are taking the opportunity to do these works now as the subway is much quieter than normal and this will cause the least disruption to our passengers.”

SPT, who run the subway, is also working with the contractor to confirm but said the service may close again at the end of July or beginning of August.