Liam Robinson talks about the new Merseyrail trains
Arriving from 2020, and with a wide range of new customer-focussed features and functions, 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 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.
The trains will be able to carry 50% 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 scheme 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.
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 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.