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Swiss-Italian consortium awarded £200m Glasgow subway trains deal

New Glasgow subway trains have been unveiled as part of a £200m contract awarded to the Stadler Bussnang AG/Ansaldo STS Consortium by Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT).

The trains, which can run driverless, are designed to accommodate the unique dimensions of Glasgow’s subway, but with four-car sets instead of three.

They will have new ‘half height’ platform screen doors to preserve as much space and openness within the stations as possible while still maintaining passenger safety and security, and open gangways to maximise the space available and allow for wheelchair access at St Enoch and Govan stations.

Jonathan Finlay, SPT chair, 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.”

Swiss rolling stock manufacturer Stadler and Ansaldo, the Italian signalling specialist, will also replace the subway’s signalling and control systems to accommodate the new trains.

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

In 2015, Hitachi Ltd acquired AnsaldoBreda and Finmeccanica’s 40% stake in Ansaldo STS.


Neil Palmer   07/03/2016 at 19:17

Couldn't this be a way for the Isle Of Wight to get new rolling stock for Ryde to Shanklin by adding on to this rolling stock order? I know the gauge is different, but surely that isn't an insurmountable problem - as long as the height will allow passage through Ryde tunnel.

Nigel Spate   07/03/2016 at 19:52

A big mistake using Ansaldo Breda a firm that fails to deliver. The Boston MBTA Green Line LRV's that kept derailing and took around 10 years to sort out! The Dutch High Speed Trains that are languishing unused in the sidings. The SF MUNI LRV's that were were well over budget and now are all going to be being replaced after just 16 years. Will Glasgow get signalling that does not work. Hopefully now that Hitachi have acquired Ansaldo Breda things will change however the workforce is still the same people so watch this space!

Andrew Gwilt   09/03/2016 at 00:04

It's good that Stadler are to build the new Underground tube trains for Glasgow Subway to replace the current Glasgow Underground rolling stock that were built in 1977/78. Plus Stadler could also win the contract to build the new London Underground Deep Level tube trains to replace the current rolling stocks that are ageing and getting old which are being used on the Bakerloo and Piccadilly lines and possibly replacing the current LUL rolling stocks on the Central and Waterloo & City lines.

Chris   11/03/2016 at 08:44

Andrew, Stadler haven't put in a bid for NTfL. Also, "ag ing and getting old" is exactly the same meaning, so a bit pointless repeating yourself.

Andrew Gwilt   28/03/2016 at 01:49

I must be in daydream land. Thanks Chris.

R Sole   11/03/2017 at 05:33

Within a year they'll stink of beer and piss just as the old trains do now.

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