The first of the Subway’s brand new trains has now arrived in Glasgow.
In a major milestone for SPT, the arrival of the new trains will start the beginning of an intensive testing programme by manufacturer Stadler to ensure the trains are fully fit for purpose. It is only after this extensive testing by Stadler that it will be handed over to SPT to enter passenger service.
SPT Chair, Councillor Dr Martin Bartos said: “This is a fantastic day for the Subway and for everyone involved in the delivery of the Subway modernisation programme. We are delighted to see the first new train in Glasgow. It’s a big day for the project team who have worked tirelessly to achieve this milestone for the organisation.”
The first of the new trains will now begin a lengthy, offline testing period while work continues to install the new communications and controls systems in our stations and tunnels which is necessary for the trains to run in passenger service.
The new trains and communication and control systems are all part of the £288million Subway modernisation programme which also includes a major refurbishment of the system’s 15 stations; a complete overhaul of the Victorian tunnel system; and replacement of the Subway’s main infrastructure including tracks and the ramps and turnouts section where the trains enter and exit the system.
Due to the unique dimensions of the Subway, the new train sets are the same length and size as the existing rolling stock. Inside passengers will now be able to walk the entire length of the train, and enjoy an open front view into the tunnels.
Two more new trains are due to be delivered by the end of the summer for the first phase of testing.