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Stadler to showcase new Merseyrail trains

Swiss railway firm Stadler is to showcase the new state-of-the-art trains coming to the Merseyrail network.

A full-scale mock-up of one of the carriages will go on public display in Wirral and Liverpool city centre in the next two months.

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

Merseytravel says visitors will be able to walk along the open and spacious aisles, try the new wider seats and even take a look at the state-of-the-art technology inside the driver’s cab.

Staff will be on hand to talk through the features of the new trains which include phone charging points and bike racks.

Stadler, which looks after the current fleet of Merseyrail trains, was awarded a contract to build and maintain new state-of-the-art trains for the Liverpool City Region network in December 2016.

Thomas Zweifel, programme director and deputy managing director at Stadler Rail Service UK, says: “The mock-up will whet the public’s appetite for the new trains, bringing to life some of the modern features and enabling people to experience the spacious, open environment.

“With car-body assembly now underway and the new depot at Kirkdale progressing well, we are delighted that this transformational project for the Liverpool City Region is getting ever closer to fruition.”

The mock-up trains will be on display on Pacific Road, Birkenhead from 1-14 October, and at Liverpool Lime Street station from 5-18 November.