The first new Merseyrail train has now arrived the Kirkdale depot in Liverpool. It will be prepared and checked before commencing trial runs on the network.
Manufactured by Stadler in Switzerland, the new Class 777 trains will replace the existing Class 507 and 508 trains, the first of which were delivered in 1978. They have space for 50 per cent more passengers than the old trains and are fitted with sliding-step technology, which will allow unassisted access for wheelchair users and those with bikes or buggies.
Purchased directly by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority for Merseytravel, the new trains have been designed specifically to suit the local network, with features people from the region have said they want to see, such as free Wi-Fi throughout.