The Liverpool transport operator Merseyrail has approved a £460 million order for 52 new trains and upgrade services to the Merseyside network
The Swizz firm Stadler has been selected as the preferred supplier to provide the new fleet. The new trains will offer increased capacity and shorter journey times. The improved models will also offer a substantial energy saving due to the lightweight design and modern engineering solutions.
This news will be welcomed by many currently using the 40 year old Merseyrail fleet. Delivery is due before 2020 and the new services is expected to be fully operational by 2021 .
Liverpool is to finally get new trains for its Merseyrail network after local leaders approved a £460 million project to replace the existing 40-year-old fleet. 52 new four-car trains will be manufactured and supplied by Stadler, based in Bussnang in Switzerland. Four metres longer than the current three-car units, capacity on each train will increase to 486 from 303 while retaining the same number of seats. This uplift will be due to wider gangways between cars and a better arrangement of seats which will also give more space for wheelchairs, buggies, bicycles and heavy luggage.