Manufacturer Stadler has displayed Glasgow’s next generation of Subway trains at InnoTrans trade fair in Berlin. Strathclyde Partnership for Transport confirmed last year that the new trains would be driverless and free of any staff. The carriages are part of a £288 million overhaul of the Subway – the biggest of its kind in over 40 years. Trials of the new trains are expected to begin soon, travelling along a test track near Ibrox Stadium, and will enter general service by 2020.
Drivers will be onboard for the first year of operation, but by 2021 the subway is expected to be fully autonomous – just in time for the its 125th anniversary. SPT says staff will be kept on the busiest trains and CCTV will be installed on carriages.
The 17 new trains will replace the 13 that went into service in 1980, and are designed to be open plan to maximise space. Screens will also be installed on platforms for passenger safety, opening when the train arrives – much like the ones on certain London Underground lines.