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 New Trains For Merseyrail

New train at platform 

Your new trains: what to expect

Arriving in 2020, and with a wide range of new customer focussed features and functions, your new, state-of-the-art trains will be better for the City Region, better for all of us.
The trains are being built and maintained by Swiss-based manufacturer, Stadler, and
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 are being designed specifically to suit our rail 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 more than 50 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 eight 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.

Kirkdale depot - check out this aerial footage of the works that are nearing completion.

Platform upgrades

Vital upgrades are being carried out on around 100 Merseyrail platforms to help make sure the network is ready for the new state of the art trains and their sliding step technology from 2020. This technology will make it much easier for people, including wheelchair users and those with prams and luggage to get on and off the trains. The works are being carried out in 11 Phases and some rail services will be temporarily suspended and replaced with high quality rail replacement bus services. To find out more about the works and services visit the it's happening page.​