Stadler has handed over the first of 53 trains to client Merseytravel, on behalf of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, after extensive testing.
The Class 777 electrical multiple unit underwent more than 100 tests and thousands of driving hours on the Merseyrail Network and a dedicated test-track in Germany.
The trains have sliding step technology, on-board Wi-Fi, intelligent air-conditioning, improved passenger information screens and more space for wheelchairs, bicycles and prams.
Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor for the Liverpool City Region, commented: “These new trains are a near half a billionpound 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 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.”