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2016-03-04 SPT-001
Strathclyde Partnership for Transport


New Subway trains unveiled

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Strathclyde Partnership for Transport

New Subway trains unveiled

4 March 2016
source Strathclyde Partnership for Transport
type Press release

Contract awarded to Stadler Bussnang AG / Ansaldo STS Consortium.

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) has today (Friday 4 March) taken a significant step in the Subway Modernisation Programme approving the award of contracts to Stadler Bussnang AG / Ansaldo STS Consortium for the supply of new trains, signalling and equipment, valued at £200 million.

The announcement was made following a meeting of the SPT Partnership this morning which approved the recommendation that the consortium offered the best value and solution option to deliver the contract.

SPT Chair Jonathan Finlay said: “The SPT Partnership Board is delighted at this award of contract which continues the great work that our staff has been engaged in over the last few years modernising our Subway Stations and infrastructure.

“The new Rolling stock will provide the travelling public with a much improved journey experience and the system will be more flexible in terms of frequency and availability.”

SPT Chief Executive Gordon Maclennan said:

“This contract is a key part of our plan to modernise the Subway for generations to come. We are all aware of the proud rail history of the Subway as the third oldest in the world and our plans for modernisation will ensure that the Subway continues to be an essential component in the transport network of the future.”

The dimensions of the Glasgow Subway are unique, and therefore the new trains will be the same length and size as existing rolling stock but will be a four-car set, as opposed to the current three-car set, with open gangways to maximise the space available and allow for wheelchair access with wheelchair users able to access the system at St Enoch in the City Centre and Govan at the new transport interchange which is currently under construction.

The Subway’s signalling equipment, control systems and control centre will all be replaced to accommodate the new Subway trains and enable improved availability and reliability.

The system will include new platform screen doors, which will be ‘half height’ to preserve as much space and openness within the stations as possible while still maintaining passenger safety and security.

Peter Jenelten, Executive Vice President Marketing & Sales for Stadler said: “This project is a major milestone for Stadler. it is the first time that Stadler’s rolling stock will be part of a driverless underground system.“

Derek Mackay, Minister for Transport & Islands said: "I welcome the achievement of this important milestone in the project being taken forward by SPT to modernise the Glasgow Subway, towards the costs of which the Scottish Government will be providing up to £246 million, in line with the commitments we made in 2012.

"New rolling stock and signalling will help ensure that this historic metro system continues to serve passengers for many years to come."



The Glasgow Subway is the third oldest underground system in the world and is 120 years old this year.

The Subway is currently undergoing a £288million modernisation plan which will see all the vital elements of the Subway being replaced and upgraded.

This is the third upgrade for the Subway in its lifetime. Once this modernisation programme is fully implemented it will be one of the most modern and advanced underground systems in operation anywhere continuing that heritage for future generations.

The new trains will be introduced in a staged approach and the public should start to see the first new trains introduced to the system in 2020.

Our Subway trains and tunnels are smaller than other underground railway systems throughout the world so require bespoke trains to be designed for operation within the unique size of the Subway.

While the current fleet is partially automatic, it is only once the new full system is in place – trains, signalling, operational control centre, platform screen doors – that the Subway will move to Unattended Train Operations (UTO).

The strategic, commercial and technical advisers that supported SPT during this period were Racon Management Services alongside legal support provided by CMS Cameron McKenna.

For further info contact SPT Communications:

Andrea Thompson
Communications (Subway)
t 0141 333 657
m 07975 233374

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