Glasgow’s Subway trains are to be fully refurbished after £330,000 of funding was agreed by Strathclyde Partnership for Transport.
SPT, which owns and operates the world’s third oldest network, has awarded a contract to Concept Applications to carry out the work, which will extend the lifespan of the current fleet.
The existing Subway trains, supplied and built by Metro-Cammell of Birmingham in the late 1970s, have been in constant use since the last major Subway modernisation over 30 years ago.
Subway passengers will be travelling on brand new trains in the not too distant future, but in the meantime we want to improve the existing rolling stock as much as we can.
Jonathan Findlay, SPT Chairman
The decision to refurbish them was ratified by members of SPT’s Partnership Committee at a meeting on Friday (10th February).
All 38 carriages will be repainted in SPT’s new branding, resulting in the carmine and cream exterior becoming a more recognisable orange, white and grey.
Damaged carriage sections will be removed and replaced, and solvents will also be applied under any new paint to better protect the train body from rust.
This process was not possible under the previous method of vinyl coverings and will extend the life of the trains until new rolling stock is delivered as part of SPT’s wider Subway modernisation project, which is now under way.
SPT Chairman Jonathan Findlay said: “Delivering a modern, revitalised Subway is a key aim for SPT and the modernisation work we have ongoing at Hillhead Station is just the start. Subway passengers will be travelling on brand new trains in the not too distant future, but in the meantime we want to improve the existing rolling stock as much as we can.
“A three-car set was a painted in our new livery as a trial and has proved to be very popular with our passengers. The updated look creates a much better impression on those using the Subway and the move towards paint rather than vinyl wrapping costs less, making it a win-win.
“We have a total of 38 cars in our Subway fleet and I’m eager to see them all updated to the same high standard.”