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Berlin hosts new driverless SPT trains

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) has unveiled new open-plan subway trains due to be in service from 2020, with an entirely staffless service operating the following year.

The first of a fleet of 17 trains built by Swiss consortium Stadler Bussnang and Ansaldo STS was unveiled on Tuesday at the Berlin InnoTrans trade fair.

While driverless subway systems already run through some British cities, these trains will be the first in the UK to run with no staff on board after a period of testing.

Upcoming work marks Glasgow subway’s first full-scale upgrade in over 30 years and is expected to cost £200 million. Alongside the new trains, the refurbishment will also include signalling upgrades to allow for a more frequent service with trains arriving every three minutes on a regular day, and every two minutes before and after football matches.

SPT chair Dr Martin Bartos commented, “I’m delighted to see these pre-delivery pictures of the first new train from manufacturers Stadler.

“It’s an exciting time for SPT and everyone involved in this challenging transport project.

“Like every other Subway user, I’m looking forward to seeing our new trains in Glasgow, but I know there is a long way to go before new trains are in the system.

“Once they start to be delivered there will still be an extensive testing period to ensure we get things right for our passengers.

“However, I think these first images show there is a lot to look forward to.”

Opened in 1896, Glasgow’s subway system is the third-oldest underground metro system in the world after the London Underground and the Budapest Metro.

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