New trains for Glasgow Subway


    Stadler Bussnang AG and Ansaldo STS have won the contract to supply Glasgow Subway with its first new trains for almost 40 years.

    Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) has today (March 4) released images of the new driverless trains, having awarded the £200 million contract.

    SPT has ordered 17 new units, which are due to go into service in 2020.

    The new rolling stock is one component of the ongoing Subway Modernisation Programme. The new four-car trains will be the first Stadler trains to be built for an automated, underground metro system.

    Despite the extra carriage, the new trains will be the same length as the current three-car units.

    SPT chief executive Gordon Maclennan said: “This contract is a key part of our plan to modernise the Subway for generations to come.

    “We are all aware of the proud rail history of the Subway as the third oldest in the world and our plans for modernisation will ensure that the Subway continues to be an essential component in the transport network of the future.”


            • Mike is correct the Glasgow system is the third oldest underground railway in the world after London Underground and Budapest Metro. It was opened as the Glasgow District Subway in 1896 – 8 years before the New York City Subway.

            • But that’s not relevant about usage of the name “Subway”.
              All that means is that Glaswegians built their “metro” before new York did but then copied New York’s name!

            • In the dictionary, the word “Subway” means “Underground Railway” or “Metro”. So it does not matter whether the word was first used by Glasgow or New York. However, the City and South London Railway which was responsible for opening the Northern Line via Bank in 1890 was originally known as City of London and Southwark Subway Company – prior to both Glasgow and New York.

            • There’s enough obstinance going around daily in the US without you adding to it in this comment section…

              How can you copy a name that doesn’t exist before you?

            • If you think the word Subway – as used in the context for an underground railway – was “coined” by someone in New York, then you can believe it if you want. Let’s leave it at that.

            • Sorry, but as other people have pointed out (with evidence – you’ve provided none!), you’ve still got it wrong – Subway was not originally an Americanism, and Glasgow’s use predates any American system.

              End of, as you say. And no more misinformation, please!


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