Merseyrail trains set for makeover

Wirral Globe: Merseyrail trains set for makeover Merseyrail trains set for makeover

A NEW look Merseyrail fleet will be unveiled in the next few weeks as part of an £8.5 million investment.

The refurbishment will see both the inside and outside of the trains transformed to get a fresher, brighter image, including improvements to both the inside and outside of the trains.

Train “wraps” will be added to the exterior of the almost 40-year-old fleet to prevent corrosion while internal enhancements are still be discussed, with areas including seats, doors, panels, fixtures and signage, expected to be updated.

The improvements to Merseyrail’s 59 three-car train set – which was last refurbished in 2003 at a cost of £32m – will help to maintain standards until wholesale fleet modernisation takes place by the end of the decade.

Angel Trains, the rolling stock company which owns the fleet, is contributing £5.5m to the project as part of their lease agreement with Merseytravel, and a further £3m is being provided by Merseyrail.

Councillor John Salter, Merseytravel’s lead member for rail, said: “Merseyrail is one of the best performing networks in the country and for that to continue we need to invest in the network and stock in the short, medium and long term.

“It is about keeping standards high for regular passengers and the thousands of visitors we welcome to the city region, particularly this year with its packed programme of events.”

Maarten Spaargaren, managing director at Merseyrail, added: “We know that the presentation of our trains, both on the outside and inside, is very important to our customers, which is why we are keen to ensure that the overall impression is modern, fresh and appealing.

“We hope that the new look will encourage more people to give Merseyrail a try and start using trains to get around the city region.”

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2:24pm Wed 15 Jan 14

steady cyclist says...

Theyre aluminium bodied so dont rust/corrode just need a jet wash to get the brake dust off them .

Nice well designed trains though.
Theyre aluminium bodied so dont rust/corrode just need a jet wash to get the brake dust off them . Nice well designed trains though. steady cyclist

7:26pm Wed 15 Jan 14

ballacrain says...

So they are going to get have a new and different coloured coat of paint. Must be super paint considering the cost.
Ballacrain
So they are going to get have a new and different coloured coat of paint. Must be super paint considering the cost. Ballacrain ballacrain

8:14pm Wed 15 Jan 14

steady cyclist says...

vinyl wrapped, not paint and new seat covers
vinyl wrapped, not paint and new seat covers steady cyclist

4:50pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Llamedos 1 says...

Sorry, aluminium does corrode usually from behind the panels so wrapping will not stop corrosion from behind.
Sorry, aluminium does corrode usually from behind the panels so wrapping will not stop corrosion from behind. Llamedos 1

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