A first look of Glasgow’s new “next generation” Subway trains has been unveiled.
Seven of the 17 new locomotives are currently undergoing various stages of a strict and intensive testing regime before they can be introduced to be used by passengers.
The trains are being put through their paces at a dedicated testing track built by the Stadler Hitachi Joint Venture (JV) contracted to deliver them alongside a new signalling and communication system for the Glasgow Subway.
The first three trains are already running on tracks under the city with testing on the system taking place through the night, and have recently completed their first full speed, full circle test, operator SPT revealed on Thursday.
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.”
The Scottish Government’s transport minister Jenny Gilruth visited SPT’s subway depot in Govan to view the new trains which are currently being tested.
It was the first opportunity for the minister to see the trains up close as they continue to undergo testing both off-site and within the subway system each night after passenger service ends.
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 Scottish Government has committed to invest up to £246m to support subway modernisation. People are already benefitting from investment in smart ticketing systems, improved station environments and we are continuing to work on significant improvements behind the scenes, including on signalling and communications which will all be controlled from the new operational control centre.
“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.”