Scotland: Testing Underway on New Glasgow Subway Trains

Transport Minister Jenny Gilruth has visited the new trains currently undergoing testing for the Glasgow Subway in Scotland.

This visit took place at the Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) Subway depot in Govan.

Glasgow Subway Trains
This was the first opportunity for the minister to see the trains up close as they undergo testing
Transport Minister Jenny Gilruth said:

“It’s fantastic to see the new Subway trains undergoing testing. The Subway means so much to so many people who live, work in and visit Glasgow. Having seen the progress being made, I’m confident people will be delighted with the next generation of trains.

““The introduction of the new trains into the system will be a significant step in the modernisation programme and I look forward to visiting again when they come into service next year.”

Seven of the 17 new trains have now been delivered to Glasgow and are completing an intensive testing regime prior to entering passenger service.

During this regime, the units undergo initial testing on the dedicated testing track built by a Stadler Hitachi Joint Venture, which was contracted to deliver the new trains, signalling and communication system for the subway.

The first three trains are also now completing testing in the Glasgow Subway system at night once passenger service ends, and recently completed their first full speed, full circle test.

SPT Director of Subway Antony Smith said:

“We are very pleased with the way testing has been going. But delivering the scale of this project while remaining operational is a massive challenge.

“We are at a vitally important stage now with both train testing and signalling. We’ve recently had the first of a number of Sunday shutdowns to enable new signalling and communications equipment to begin to be installed in the tunnels for the new trains. The JV is confident that it remains on course to see the new trains introduced into the Subway system next year. They really are worth the wait and we look forward to seeing them in service.”

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