Rail passengers get first glimpse of new Merseyrail trains

Rail users on Merseyside can see for themselves the new Merseyrail fleet.

A full-scale mock-up of one of the trains is going on show on the Wirral and in Liverpool City Centre.

The replica train is fully interactive, with working doors and an automatic sliding step which will bridge the gap between the train and platform edge, making the network more accessible to all users - including wheelchairs users.

The trains will cost almost £500 million and their arrival is expected by 2020.

Rail passengers get first glimpse of new Merseyrail fleet Credit: Merseyrail

Before the new trains were designed and ordered, we asked the public what features they would like to see on them. We listened - and because of this - by 2020 we will see the most sophisticated trains in the country arrive on our network.

Steve Rotheram, Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor