Merseytravel signals go ahead for new trains

Merseytravel signals go ahead for new trains

Merseytravel has begun the multi-million pound process to replace the Merseyrail fleet of trains.  Head-hunters have been appointed to draw up a list of candidates for the post of project director to deliver the procurement.

Merseytravel has been looking at ways to replace the aging fleet of trains on the Merseyrail network for some time, and recently sought expressions of interest from manufacturers worldwide.

This latest development formally kick-starts the scheme, that should see new trains delivered by 2017. It is anticipated that the formal tendering process will begin later this summer.

The current fleet of class 507 and 508 trains were built in the late 1970’s and despite a full overhaul programme that began a decade ago, both the expected lifespan of the vehicles and the current leasing arrangements, are set to expire over the next 6 years.

Councillor Mark Dowd, Chair of Merseytravel, said; “The Merseyrail rolling stock replacement project will be one of the most significant schemes undertaken by Merseytravel over the next few years, with consequences that will extend for decades.

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“Getting the right person to oversee the project and creating the right project governance arrangements are the first priorities on the way to successful delivery of new trains for Wirral and Northern Line passengers.”

The Governance arrangements include the establishment of several key project groups that incorporate local elected representatives, Merseyrail, and members of the Liverpool LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) and of other regional stakeholders (for example Passenger Focus, and Merseytravel’s Customer Forums).