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Second deal in pipeline

Hitachi primed for £200m Glasgow subway order

SubwayJapanese engineer Hitachi is believed to be in pole position to win the £200 million order for new trains for the Glasgow Subway.

The company is already building new electric trains ScotRail and is now part of a consortium bidding of the Glasgow order.

A driverless fleet is planned as part of a major overhaul of the 120-year-old system, once affectionately known as the “Clockwork Orange” because the colour of the trains and its single circular line.

Hitachi’s Italian subsidiary Ansaldo is said to be working with Swiss partners Stadler Rail and UK engineering giant Babcock.

It is understood to be in final negotiations over the deal with Subway operator Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT), according to Scotland on Sunday.

An SPT spokeswoman told the paper: “SPT is in the final stages of a detailed and thorough tendering exercise in strict compliance with the European procurement regulations and the outcome will be reported to the partnership in March.

“The Subway modernisation continues to be delivered on time and within the available budget.”

The contract will include automated signalling as part of a wider £288m upgrade of the world’s third oldest underground railway after London and Budapest. It is the system’s biggest revamp for 35 years, which aims to improve reliability and frequency.

Hitachi won a £370m order for 70 electric trains for ScotRail operator Abellio which are due to go into service next year.

The Subway is one of the few in the UK remaining in public ownership and ‘vertically integrated’, where SPT’s responsibility covers all aspects of operation and infrastructure.

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