One of the new trains for the Merseyrail network has left the factory in Switzerland and is now in the UK making its way to the Liverpool City Region. The train will arrive at Kirkdale Depot this evening and will be out and about on the network for testing in the next few weeks.
The state-of-the-art trains include a range of cutting edge features including free wi-fi, space for up to 50% more passengers and sliding step technology which will allow unassisted access for wheelchair users and those with bikes or buggies.
The units 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 have been bought directly by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, which means they are being designed specifically to suit the local network, with features people from the region have said they want to see.