Stadler Wins 1st Contract to Supply Trains in Scotland
Stadler, working in a consortium with Ansaldo STS, won the tender to provide 17 underground trains for the Glasgow Subway (Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, SPT). The contract includes additional technical service support and provision of spare parts. The first trains will enter into commercial operation in 2020.
The total order volume amounts to approximately GBP 200 million. Stadler will supply 17 state-of-the-art trains as part of a complete system. The proportionate value for Stadler amounts to around GBP 92 million, which is roughly CHF 133 million. The trains are 39 metres in length and are designed to reach a maximum speed of 58 km/h. The carriages are equipped with 116 seats and 12 tip-up seats and provide additional standing room for 204 people. The entire interior has a uniform floor height and there are six large entrance doors on each side, making the trains particularly passenger-friendly. The windows at both ends of the trains are a unique addition to the carriage design. Platform screen doors (PSDs) will be installed in order to ensure safe operation.
The Glasgow Subway is the third-oldest subway system in the world after London and Budapest. The tunnels were built during the reign of Queen Victoria and have a diameter of only 3.4 m and a track gauge of 1220 mm (4 feet). The Glasgow Subway is being comprehensively modernised and will switch over to unattended train operations (UTO). A transitional phase will start in early 2020, during which the first vehicles supplied by Stadler will begin operation together with vehicles from the old fleet.
This project is a major milestone for Stadler: it is the first time that Stadler’s rolling stock will be part of an unattended train operations system.