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SPT plans senior staff shake-up

Subway carriage
SPT employs about 700 people - more than half on the Glasgow Subway

Scotland's largest transport authority is considering a shake-up of senior staff in a bid to save cash.

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport will vote later this week on plans to cut the number of senior posts from 11 to seven - saving £110,000.

BBC Scotland understands the move is part of a wider restructuring which could affect overall staff numbers.

SPT employs about 700 people and is believed to view its own management structure as too top heavy.

On Friday, the authority will be asked to back proposals to reduce its number of directors from eight to four.

This could see the incumbent directors of communication, property, policy and strategy and human resources taking up "revised senior posts".

The director of bus operations post, vacant after an internal promotion, will not be filled.

'Streamline management'

SPT chief executive Gordon Maclennan said: "These proposals are subject to on going employee consultation and of course agreement by our personnel committee on Friday.

"The plans are based on our decision to streamline the management structure against an expected future reduction in public service funding.

"The proposals for re-structuring reflect SPT's focus on meeting the needs of our customers."

Last month SPT approved plans for a £290m revamp of Glasgow's ageing Subway system.

The authority will ask the Scottish government for an additional £5m a year in funding for the first decade of a 30-year investment programme.

The proposed changes would require a 25% reduction in the system's 350-strong workforce.

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