METRO Mayor Steve Rotheram has announced the official handover of the first of 53 new trains for the Liverpool City Region from manufacturer Stadler.
This means the Liverpool City Region will be the first in the country to own its new trains.
To celebrate, the Mayor is inviting people to step on board and see for themselves how journeys will look in the future, when the train goes on public display for the first time.
This transfer represents a significant milestone in the new trains project that will see the entire fleet replaced by state-of-the-art, safe, reliable, comfortable trains, set to bring the city region’s rail service into the 21st century.
Co-designed in consultation with local people, the modern trains feature:
- Sliding step technology, providing step free access for all
- On board Wi-Fi
- Improved passenger information screens
- More space for wheelchairs, bicycles and prams
The fleet is a key part of the Steve’s plans for a London-style transport network that seeks to make it as quick, easy, and reliable for people to travel around the region by taking greater local control of public transport and linking different modes of transport together.
He said: “These new trains are a near half a billion-pound investment in our region’s transport network and will transform the way people get around in our region. They’re a major part of my vision for a London-style transport system that will make getting around our region quick, cheap and reliable.
“They will be the greenest and most accessible trains in the country and, best of all they’re owned by us. We’ve designed them around the needs of local residents, who I’m sure will all absolutely love them.”
Over the coming months, Stadler will hand more trains to the Combined Authority, ahead of introduction into passenger service.
Information about the public display events and the new trains can be found on the Merseytravel website www.merseytravel.gov.uk/newtrains