September 19, 2021

Glasgow phone boxes set to be replaced with hi-tech public ‘tablets’

Old phone boxes in Glasgow are set to be removed and replaced with hi-tech ‘tablets’ offering free Wi-Fi and an emergency button for 999 calls.

BT is paving the way for the futuristic devices to be installed at Sauchiehall Street, Buchanan Bus Station, Argyle Street and Celtic Park among others.

The 2.98 metre structures- called Street Hubs – would provide free phone calls, ultrafast Wi-Fi, device charging and a 999 button among other services to the public.

A statement submitted to Glasgow City Council’s planning department from BT said: “we’re further transforming our legacy payphones into state-of-the art, fibre-connected digital community hubs – called Street Hubs.”

Existing phone boxes are set to be taken away at locations where street hubs are to be erected.

A street hub is set for Celtic Park. Image: BT