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 Your New Trains

Your​ New Trains

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Arriving from 2020, and with a wide range of new customer-focussed features and functio​ns, your new, state-of-the-art trains will transform how you travel. 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 the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority meaning that they are being designed specifically to suit our rail network, with features local people have said they want to see.

Key Features​

Safer Trains

Safer Trains

​The new trains will be safer -most notably in the ease in which everyone can get on and off, with step free access thanks to a sliding step. It will make Merseyrail the most accessible, traditional network in the country.

Double the passengers

More Room for Passengers

The trains will be able to carry 50% more passengers while retaining the same number of se​ats. This will help them better cater for rising passenger numbers, both now and in the future.

Infrastructure Upgrades

Infrastructure Upgrades

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

Pushing the boundaries

Pushing the boundaries

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.

More space

More space

The new trains will have more space for bikes, buggies, disabled passengers and luggage; intelligent air conditioning; a bright, open and airy saloon, and a mix of seating types, keeping some of the ‘sociable’ facing seats – features local people have said are important to them through ground-breaking work with transport watchdog Transport Focus.