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 Behind the scenes

Behind the scenes

Platform Upgrade Works​

Vital upgrades are being carried out on around 100 Merseyrail platfo​rms 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.

Power Upgrades

In order to improve journey times, additional power infrastructure is required. This includes new connections to Scottish Power’s network and additional substations, doubling the system’s power. The enhanced system will enable regenerative braking which will reduce energy consumption and the railway’s carbon footprint.

Kirkdale Depot

The new £460m new trains’ project also includes modernisation of the depots at Kirkdale and Birkenhead North with a new workshop, offices, stores, washplant and a state-of-the-art simulator for driver training.