New trains roll-out begins on Southport-Hunts Cross line

Publish date

Monday, December 11, 2023

The Liverpool City Region’s new publicly owned trains will begin the final stage of their phased roll-out this week, Mayor Steve Rotheram has announced.


From today, the state-of-the-art trains will gradually enter passenger service on the Southport to Hunts Cross line.

“I know passengers up and down the Southport to Hunts Cross line have been patiently waiting for the rollout of our new publicly owned trains, and from this week they will be ready to welcome them onboard!

“We’ve invested half a billion pounds in our new fleet, which are packed with great new features like sliding step technology, free phone charging and Wi-Fi and more room for bikes and wheelchairs – enabling more people to travel around our region.

“Designed in consultation with local people, our new trains are some of the most accessible and sophisticated in the entire country, with great new features like level access with sliding step technology, more room for bikes and wheelchairs, phone charging and Wi-Fi onboard.

“This investment shows the difference devolution makes. We’re charting our own course, putting the public back into public transport and delivering the services that our 1.6 million residents deserve."

Steve Rotheram

Mayor of the Liverpool City Region

“I’m delighted that the new trains for the Liverpool City Region will start running on the Hunts Cross to Southport stretch of the Northern Line from today.

“Their state-of-the-art features and innovative design will help to revolutionise how people travel, providing a comfortable and convenient journey for all passengers.

“I am confident that their positive impact will be be felt throughout our community, delivering better connectivity and improving the daily lives of our residents.

“Together, we are creating a transport system that is advanced, sustainable and accessible and I look forward to seeing the benefits that these new trains will bring to Liverpool and the wider city region.”

Cllr Liam Robinson

Leader of Liverpool City Council and Transport Portfolio Holder for the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

“It’s fantastic news that the new trains will begin operating on the Southport - Hunts Cross line from this week.

“This represents a real step forward in improving our transport network and will hugely enhance the travel experience for those living and working in Sefton – as well as those visiting our region.

“With their step-free access for all passengers, the new trains will help more people use our rail network independently and with confidence – whether they’re travelling with bikes or buggies, or are wheelchair users or those with reduced mobility.

“It reflects our ambition to build an inclusive and accessible transport system that works for everyone.”

Cllr Ian Maher

Leader of Sefton Council


As was the case with previous launches, the number of new trains in service will grow over the next few months.

The Southport to Hunts Cross line is the latest section of the Merseyrail network to benefit from the introduction of new trains following the Wirral Line and the Kirkby and Ormskirk branches of the Northern Line earlier this year.

October saw the opening of the brand new £80m station at Headbolt Lane, served by pioneering battery-powered trains. The project is just one of those being delivered as part of Merseyrail For All, Mayor Rotheram’s commitment to expanding the regional rail network by connecting to new and previously under-served communities.

The new trains webpage is full of information and will be kept up to date during the roll out of the fleet - you can find out more at www.merseytravel.gov.uk/newtrains