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The 13 million commuters using the Glasgow underground network annually are set for quieter and smoother journeys following the unveiling of a GBP 230m modernisation programme.

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT), the public body responsible for transport in the west of Scotland, has agreed to a deal that will include the supply of new trains, signalling and equipment and ongoing maintenance.

The subway opened in 1896 and is the third oldest underground system in the world, behind London and Budapest. The programme marks the biggest upgrade for the Glasgow Subway in more than 30 years.

The winning bidder was a consortium consisting of Swiss-based firm Stadler Bussnang AG (Stadler), which will build the trains, and Italian-based transportation firm Ansaldo STS (Ansaldo).

This was a complex multi-party project reliant on governmental funding and involving international bidders which took years to procure.
Eleanor Lane, Partner, CMS Glasgow

“While a track record for advising on high profile rail projects was essential, we also had to prepare and negotiate a bespoke manufacture and supply agreement as well as a technical supply and support services contract, with access to intellectual property being a key consideration. Sector experience was vital.”

The new trains will be the same length and size as the existing ones, but will be a four-car, as opposed to the current three-car, set. Signalling equipment, control systems and the control centre will be replaced to accommodate new trains and enable improved availability and reliability.

CMS teams in Glasgow, Edinburgh and London advised on the deal.

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