Improving accessibility on Merseyrail with new trains
David Powell, Programme Director of Rolling Stock at Liverpool City Region transport authority Merseytravel, and Matthias Hämmerle, Project Manager for Stadler Rail, discuss the upcoming fleet upgrade that will make travelling on Merseyrail accessible for all.
In a little over a years’ time, Merseyrail passengers will be travelling on a fleet of new, state-of-the-art trains – on track to transform travel across the Liverpool City Region. The Merseyrail network runs across Merseyside – from Southport on the north Sefton coast through the city of Liverpool, under the River Mersey and across the Wirral peninsula, and east to the town of Ormskirk and the suburb of Kirkby. Carrying more than 34 million passengers a year, the network is one of the most reliable in the UK with consistently strong customer satisfaction ratings.
However, the trains running on the network are some of the oldest in the country, with most having been in service for 40 years. Whilst cosmetic improvements to the trains have been made in recent years, the age of the units means that it is becoming increasingly difficult to source replacement parts.