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New trains scoop National Transport Award

THE Liverpool City Region’s new fleet of trains has been crowned Design, Engineering and Construction Project of the Year at the National Transport Awards.

Judges were left ‘impressed and excited’ by the £500m fleet, which was launched by Mayor Steve Rotheram earlier this year and is currently being rolled out across the Merseyrail network.

The awards were held on Thursday 5 October just hours after the new station at Headbolt Lane opened, which saw the city region’s new battery powered trains carry passengers for the very first time.

Katherine Fairclough, Chief Executive of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, said: “The new trains project is pioneering so well done to everyone who has contributed to its huge success, which has been acknowledged on a national stage.

“It’s also a fantastic achievement to have four finalists at the National Transport Awards which shine a well-deserved light on the achievements and commitment of everyone working across the whole of our transport network.

“Transport plays an important role in our everyday lives. We use it to get to and from work or education, visit family and friends or travel home after major events. The Combined Authority is continuing to invest in our public transport services for the benefit of local people, with sustainability at the heart of those plans as we journey towards zero emissions.”

A total of 53 new Class 777 trains will be introduced across the Merseyrail network, with seven initially fitted with battery technology allowing them to operate beyond the electric ‘third’ rail to reach Headbolt Lane station.

They are the UK’s first all-electric battery-powered passenger fleet, using up to 80% less energy than their diesel equivalents making them a key contributor to the Mayor’s commitment to reach net zero by 2040 – at least a decade ahead of national government targets.

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