Fresher and brighter image for Merseyrail fleet

Wirral Globe: Councillor John Salter and Maarten Spaargaren at the unveiling of the new Merseyrail fleet. Councillor John Salter and Maarten Spaargaren at the unveiling of the new Merseyrail fleet.

A NEW look Merseyrail fleet has been unveiled as part of an £8.5 million investment.

The refurbishment will see the outside of Merseyrail’s 59 three-car train set – which was last refurbished in 2003 at a cost of £32m – updated with designs to reflect what the Liverpool City Region has to offer in terms of sights, shopping and sport.

The first two re-liveried trains are now ready and will go into service on Monday, with the roll out expected to be completed by spring 2015.

The train “wraps” – which show how workers, students and leisure passengers can make the most of their journey - are being added to the exterior of the almost 40-year-old fleet to add a fresher, brighter image and to prevent corrosion.

Internal enhancements are still being discussed, with areas including seats, doors, panels, fixtures and signage, expected to be updated in the coming months.

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 officially the best performing rail network in the country.

“A punctual service combined with a fresh look and feel to our trains and stations is about keeping standards high for regular passengers.

“Thousands of visitors will be descending on the Liverpool City Region this summer and a good experience of the rail network will contribute to the positive lasting impression they will take away.”

Maarten Spaargaren, managing director at Merseyrail, added: “We know that customers appreciate our services for reliability, value for money and the overall journey experience, and we’re sure that the new-look fleet, with its modern, fresh and dynamic designs, will further enhance people’s perception of Merseyrail.”

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12:40pm Fri 7 Feb 14

sonoferic says...

Only a few months back, Merseyrail told us their trains would soon be reaching end-of-life and they were looking at buying a brand new fleet. Is this off the table now?

Otherwise, what's the point in spending £8.5m on trains you might be getting rid of soon?
Only a few months back, Merseyrail told us their trains would soon be reaching end-of-life and they were looking at buying a brand new fleet. Is this off the table now? Otherwise, what's the point in spending £8.5m on trains you might be getting rid of soon? sonoferic
  • Score: 5

1:06pm Fri 7 Feb 14

WirralAl says...

No wounder the put up the cost of the tunnel fare ! John Slater same chap!! He must of done well out of this!!!

£145,000 per train for a bit of wrapping seems a bit over the top and a few internal enhancements for 59 train sets. Is this just a short term fix so that Angel trains get another 5 years lease for trains that are 40 years old so when are they planning to replace them with newer more efficient trains?

Will that money be spent with local companies to complete this?

How much will 59 train sets cost to replace?

Can we build them in the UK??
No wounder the put up the cost of the tunnel fare ! John Slater same chap!! He must of done well out of this!!! £145,000 per train for a bit of wrapping seems a bit over the top and a few internal enhancements for 59 train sets. Is this just a short term fix so that Angel trains get another 5 years lease for trains that are 40 years old so when are they planning to replace them with newer more efficient trains? Will that money be spent with local companies to complete this? How much will 59 train sets cost to replace? Can we build them in the UK?? WirralAl
  • Score: 2

1:25pm Fri 7 Feb 14

artemis81 says...

John Salter voted against the tunnel toll rise, Al. It's hard to picture you as an expert on rolling stock, finance/contracts and industry when you fail to get basic details like that right!
John Salter voted against the tunnel toll rise, Al. It's hard to picture you as an expert on rolling stock, finance/contracts and industry when you fail to get basic details like that right! artemis81
  • Score: 3

1:41pm Fri 7 Feb 14

WirralAl says...

artemis81 wrote:
John Salter voted against the tunnel toll rise, Al. It's hard to picture you as an expert on rolling stock, finance/contracts and industry when you fail to get basic details like that right!
I didn't say which way he had voted nor do I blame him in any way for the tunnels increase.

It just seems a lot of money to spend on trains that are 40 years old.

But you are correct I am not an expert on rolling stock/finance/contra
cts but I can still have an opinion. That's the joy in having these comments.
[quote][p][bold]artemis81[/bold] wrote: John Salter voted against the tunnel toll rise, Al. It's hard to picture you as an expert on rolling stock, finance/contracts and industry when you fail to get basic details like that right![/p][/quote]I didn't say which way he had voted nor do I blame him in any way for the tunnels increase. It just seems a lot of money to spend on trains that are 40 years old. But you are correct I am not an expert on rolling stock/finance/contra cts but I can still have an opinion. That's the joy in having these comments. WirralAl
  • Score: 1

2:52pm Fri 7 Feb 14

minimad69 says...

Fragmented railway network - no joined-up thinking.

These trains - Class 508 and 508 were second-hand from BR Southern Region - when they replaced the pre-BR derived and much loved Class 503.

They are more than a little long-in-the tooth - and show how even in terms of railways the South get the best of rail-investment even now (CrossRail, HS1 etc) - some things never change.
Fragmented railway network - no joined-up thinking. These trains - Class 508 and 508 were second-hand from BR Southern Region - when they replaced the pre-BR derived and much loved Class 503. They are more than a little long-in-the tooth - and show how even in terms of railways the South get the best of rail-investment even now (CrossRail, HS1 etc) - some things never change. minimad69
  • Score: 3

3:10pm Fri 7 Feb 14

artemis81 says...

WirralAl wrote:
artemis81 wrote:
John Salter voted against the tunnel toll rise, Al. It's hard to picture you as an expert on rolling stock, finance/contracts and industry when you fail to get basic details like that right!
I didn't say which way he had voted nor do I blame him in any way for the tunnels increase.

It just seems a lot of money to spend on trains that are 40 years old.

But you are correct I am not an expert on rolling stock/finance/contra

cts but I can still have an opinion. That's the joy in having these comments.
Quite right too!
[quote][p][bold]WirralAl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]artemis81[/bold] wrote: John Salter voted against the tunnel toll rise, Al. It's hard to picture you as an expert on rolling stock, finance/contracts and industry when you fail to get basic details like that right![/p][/quote]I didn't say which way he had voted nor do I blame him in any way for the tunnels increase. It just seems a lot of money to spend on trains that are 40 years old. But you are correct I am not an expert on rolling stock/finance/contra cts but I can still have an opinion. That's the joy in having these comments.[/p][/quote]Quite right too! artemis81
  • Score: 1

7:47pm Fri 7 Feb 14

yesandorno says...

are they still employing thugs who beat up passengers?
are they still employing thugs who beat up passengers? yesandorno
  • Score: 3

7:52am Sat 8 Feb 14

Henry1993 says...

More importantly is the majority of under 21's employed on this job for a mere £5.50 p.h working up to 14 hour shifts using sanders to try and iron out these carriages. This is just the tip of the iceberg on this operation.
More importantly is the majority of under 21's employed on this job for a mere £5.50 p.h working up to 14 hour shifts using sanders to try and iron out these carriages. This is just the tip of the iceberg on this operation. Henry1993
  • Score: 2

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