Stadler wins first contract to supply trains for unattended train operations system 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.

For further information, please contact:

Stadler Rail Group
Marina Winder
Secretary General
Head of Communication & PR
Telephone: +41 (0)71 626 31 57
Mobile: +41 (0)78 843 57 20
E-mail: marina.winder@stadlerrail.ch

Stadler has been building trains for over 75 years. The system provider of rail vehicle construction solutions is headquartered in Bussnang in Eastern Switzerland, and has a workforce of around 7000 based in various locations across Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Belarus, Algeria, Australia and the United States. Stadler provides a comprehensive range of products in the commuter rail and railway segments: trams, tram trains, underground trains, regional and commuter rail trains, intercity trains and high-speed trains. In addition, Stadler manufactures main-line dual-mode locomotives, shunting locomotives and passenger carriages, including the most powerful diesel-electric locomotive in Europe. Stadler remains the world’s leading manufacturer in the rack-and-pinion rail vehicle industry.

This year, Stadler will be part of a historic event, as the longest train tunnel in the world, the Gotthard Base Tunnel, is officially opened from 1 to 5 June 2016. From 2019 onwards, the new Giruno trains produced by Stadler for the Gotthard Base Tunnel will carry passengers from Zurich to Milan, and later from Frankfurt to Milan, in record time.