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Futuristic Underground Trains for Glasgow

Artists' Impression of the new rolling stock on order for Glasgow Subway

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) has awarded the contract to Stadler Bussnang AG / Ansaldo STS a Swiss/Italian consortium. SPT say that the new trains will be quieter and smoother and more reliable. The computer controlled trains can function without a driver and will be operational by 2020.

The Glasgow Subway system is the third oldest in the world and this year it will celebrate its 120th birthday in December. It has been modernised several times and the upgrade this time will cost a total of £288 million including the cost of upgrading platforms and stations as well as the new trains and signalling equipment.

Trade Unions have raised some concerns over the fact that the new trains can run driverless.

The Glasgow Underground train system has twin circular lines 6.5 miles long side running from the city centre to another 14 stations further out.

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July 2016

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