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28.09.17

Construction begins on Kirkdale depot to maintain new Merseyrail fleet

Work has started on a new state-of-the-art depot at Kirkdale that will accommodate for Merseyrail’s new fleet.

The rolling stock, which is due to be introduced by the TOC in 2020, will be fixed and maintained at the depot.

BAM Nuttall is currently undertaking enabling works at Kirkdale, having been handed the contract by Stadler, which will manufacture and maintain Merseyrail’s fleet.

Preliminary work will kick off in October, with the depot set to be complete by 2019 in time for the arrival of new trains for testing.

The depot will boast a number of new features, including the creation of a maintenance facility for the trains, a modern driving cab simulator and a new train washing facility. It will also have stabling capacity for up to 30 trains, and new office and welfare facilities for the maintenance workers.

“The start of the work to overhaul Kirkdale depot is another step along the way to transform the Merseyrail network, moving us a stage closer to the introduction of new trains,” said Jan Chaudhry-van der Velde, Merseyrail’s managing director.

“We welcome this much-needed upgrade, which will take the depot into the 21st century, equipped to maintain the trains to a very high standard.”

David Powell, Merseytravel’s programme director for the new trains, added that the new depot at Kirkdale and the refurbished depot at Birkenhead North will be essential in keeping the new trains reliable, clean and serving the Liverpool City Region well.

“The start of the ground works at Kirkdale is an exciting milestone – the first real visible sign that these new state-of-the-art trains are coming,” he continued.

Thomas Zweifel, programme director and deputy CEO UK for Stadler, also explained: “Stadler will implement in the Kirkdale depot its state-of-the-art technology and maintenance expertise.

“The significant local investment and up-skilling of local workforce are strengthening the Merseyside industrial sector and will overall result in a positive economic impact. Stadler is excited to be involved in this project that will see new trains on the Merseyrail network in 2020.”

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Comments

Andrew Gwilt   28/09/2017 at 22:12

Stadler Class 777 EMU that Merseyrail are ordering to replace the current ageing Class 507’s and Class 508’s that are over 40 years old. Or have reached 40 years old. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Rail_Class_777 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merseyrail

AJG89   30/09/2017 at 14:40

Before these units were cascaded to Merseyrail. The Class 507’s and Class 508’s were used on Southeastern metro services and Silverlink Metro (North London Line & Euston-Watford DC services).

Mikeb   01/10/2017 at 15:00

You are wrong Andrew. The 3-car Class 507s were delivered direct to Merseyside from York Works in 1978 to replace the Class 502s. The 4-car 508s were also built at York and, again, were destined direct for Merseyside to replace the Class 503s but were diverted to the Southern Region to provide cover until all Class 455s were delivered. They finally reached Merseyside, their "intended home", as 3-car trains in 1982.

Andrew Gwilt   01/10/2017 at 15:18

@Mikeb. Right.

Mikeb   01/10/2017 at 17:21

Andrew, perhaps you were getting confused with the Class 313s.

Anonymous User   01/10/2017 at 17:42

The new Stadler "METRO" Class 777 EMU's will be capable of a max speed of 75 mph (121 km/h) on the Northern Line and Wirral Line. And will provide better seats, air-conditioning, lights, passenger information display, free wi-fi and walk-through passageways. Plus other features that the Class 777's also have. https://www.merseyrail.org/about-merseyrail/new-trains.aspx https://merseytravel-newsroom.prgloo.com/news/new-merseyrail-trains-project-moves-forward-as-work-starts-on-new-depot

Andrew Gwilt   01/10/2017 at 17:42

@Mikeb. True.

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