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