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Atkins named technical adviser for Glasgow’s driverless subway trains

The Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) has named Atkins Transportation as its technical adviser for providing rolling stock for Glasgow’s new driverless subway trains.

Atkins will be responsible for providing local subject matter experts to support the construction works and infrastructure elements of the project, with experts based in Derby providing rolling stock support and in Plymouth for CBTB signalling and control.

The German-Swiss Stadler Bussnang AG/Ansaldo STS Consortium were recently awarded the £200m contract for providing the trains.

Andy Moore, practice manager at Atkins’ railway technology consultancy, said: “A strong local presence, previous experience on the legacy Glasgow subway system and CBTC/rolling stock knowledge gained from the Makkah Metro project, will enable us to provide added value to the client.

“This will be the first unattended driverless metro system in the UK and is a very exciting project that we are proud to be a part of.”

Atkins is also part of the team acting as HS2’s phase 1 delivery partner.

Last year RTM interviewed Charlie Hoskins, senior director at SPT, about the ongoing upgrade of the Glasgow subway.



Andrew Gwilt   08/04/2016 at 00:00

So Atkins are become technical adviser for Glasgow Subway's driveless trains with CAF, Siemens, Hitachi, Mitsu or Bombardier to build new trains to replace the current Glasgow Subway rolling stocks that were built in the 1960-70's.

Guest   08/04/2016 at 21:28

Andrew, as stated in the article, the Stadler-Ansaldo consortium has won the contract to provide replacement for the 70s-built rolling stock.

Dr P.N. Jarvis   08/04/2016 at 21:56

What is the track gauge of the line ? It used to be 4ft (1220mm); not many railways of that gauge nowadays.

Andrew Gwilt   13/04/2016 at 09:48

Right. Thanks Guest.

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