This week Merseytravel has confirmed that the Swiss rail and rolling stock engineering and manufacturing firm Stadler has secures a deal expected to be worth as much as £700m to build and maintain 52 new metro trains for use across the Liverpool city region
The Rolling stock is expected to be put into service by 2021 and will also be accompanied by a 35-year life cycle maintenance contract
Stadler will also transfer 155 workers from Merseyrail into its own operations to deliver the maintenance portion of the contract, increasing their total UK workforce to over 200 in the coming years
A Swiss rail giant has sealed a deal worth up to £700m with Merseytravel to build and maintain 52 metro trains for use across the Liverpool city region. Stadler's new trains are expected to carry 60 per cent more passengers than the current ageing Merseytravel fleet while retaining the same number of seats and cutting journey times by up to 10 per cent. The new four-car trains are due to all be in service by 2021, with the first unit arriving for testing by the middle of 2019. The value of the Stadler manufacture and maintenance contracts for the 52 trains is up to £700m and Merseytravel also has the option to trigger the manufacturer of a further 60 vehicles.