Passengers commuting on the Glasgow Subway yesterday morning (December 11) got to take a first look at Glasgow’s new trains. Once the final testing process was completed by train manufacturer Stadler, SPT entered the first modern trains into the system, delighting passengers with an exciting ride, compared to the old trains.
The long testing period is officially over, meaning no more late-night testing in the Subway once the system has closed to passenger service. All the new trains have been custom-made, being able to fit into the small tunnels of the Glasgow Subway system, boasting an extra car consisting of four cars instead of the usual three.
SPT Project Director Mark Toner said: “A decision was made that the first of the new trains should enter into passenger service this afternoon. It was an opportunity to see how they performed in service with passengers. We’re delighted that the trains have performed as well as they have and that, more importantly, our passengers were happy to see them.
“Our old fleet has performed beyond its expected lifespan and it has become more and more challenging to maintain them and find parts for them as the years have gone on. This new fleet will take time to grow towards its full capability and reliability levels but now that the first two trains have been introduced, passengers will have the opportunity to see them intermittently and experience for themselves as they run alongside our existing fleet over the coming months. More new trains will be also introduced during 2024.”