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 New Trains For Merseyrail

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New trains for the Merseyrail Network

Brand new, state-of-the-art trains will be running on the Merseyrail network by the end of 2020.

The trains, set to be built and maintained by Swiss-based manufacturer, Stadler,
will replace the near 40-year-old fleet that currently runs on the network – one of the oldest in the UK.

The trains will be bought and owned by Merseytravel meaning that they can be designed specifically to suit our network, with features local people have said they want to see.

Key features:-

  • The new trains will be safer – most notably in the ease in which everyone can get on and off, and will also make Merseyrail the most accessible traditional network in the country.
  • The trains will be able to carry 60 per cent more passengers while retaining the same number of seats. This will help them better cater for rising passenger numbers, both now and in the future.
  • The trains will be faster, cutting journey times by 10 per cent – up to nine minutes on some end-to-end routes.
  • The trains will have the capabilities to eventually run beyond the current Merseyrail boundaries to places like Skelmersdale, Wrexham and Warrington, meeting the ambitions of the Liverpool City Region’s Long Term Rail Strategy.

The £460m new trains’ project also includes infrastructure upgrades to power supplies, platforms and track, as well as refurbishment of the depots at Kirkdale and Birkenhead North and the on-going maintenance of the trains.


Did you know...? Top Facts About Merseyrail Trains

You can find out more about the trains below:
‘New Merseyrail trains by 2021 after City Region leaders give the green light’
Getting on and off the train
Onboard the train
Trains for the Future

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