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Posted by TransitChuckG on Thu Oct 11 06:19:07 2018
First driverless Glasgow Subway train unveiled
Oct 10, 2018
Written by Keith Barrow
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IRJ at InnoTrans 2018: The first driverless metro train for the Glasgow Subway network was presented to Mr David Christie, operations director of Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) by Mr Peter Jenelten, executive vice president, marketing and sales, for Stadler Rail at InnoTrans on September 20.
In March 2016 SPT awarded a joint venture of Stadler Bussnang and Ansaldo STS a £203.2m contract to modernize electrical and mechanical systems on the Subway. Ansaldo STS’ share of the contract is worth £104.3m and encompasses CBTC and automation technology, communications systems, a new operational control centre, platform screen doors and depot test track, as well as system integration, acceptance and maintenance support services. Stadler is supplying a new fleet of 17 four-car trains, which will be equipped for Unattended Train Operation (UTO).
The new four-car trains will accommodate 118 seated passengers including 12 on tip-up seats and 204 standees (at 6 p/m2) and will also accommodate wheelchairs, a first for the Subway. At 39.25m, the new train is 1.51m longer than the current three-car trains.
The 1219mm-gauge (48”) 600V dc third rail train is designed to run within the restrictive loading gauge of the 10.5km line, which has a minimum tunnel diameter of just 3.35m.
A detailed description of the Subway modernization program will appear in the October issue of IRJ.