Merseyrail – The new Stadler 777 trains

A mock-up of a Class 777 – The new Merseyrail trains that will soon replace the Class 507/508 EMU’s

* The first Class 777 unit is expected to arrive on Merseyside in the Autumn of this year.

* The seventh unit delivered, I am told, will not now have battery capability and the battery trial has been suspended due to an identified technical issue. Battery capable units are being looked upon by OPSTA and others to enable the extension of the Ormskirk line (for example) to Burscough and possibly even Preston as this option will be much cheaper than having to install electrification along the present Ormskirk – Preston Line. It is to be hoped that the technical issue will be solved.

* There seems to be some truth in the rumour that a number of the present Class 507 EMU’s may be retained. This is, I understand, a contingency plan should the movement of platform signals not be achieved in time. This would be an interim measure.

A new Stadler Merseyrail train artist impression

Merseyrail – This gives a whole new meaning to a ‘crap’ rail service

A Merseyrail train at Bootle Oriel Road Station

The Liverpool Echo has the article on its website – see link below:-

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/someone-lets-dog-foul-crowded-16107748

With all the appalling rail services being offered around the UK in recent times the charge of ‘crap service’ has often been levied at companies such as Northern but rarely does the normally excellent Merseyrail system get called that. But the incident reported in the Echo gives a whole new mean to the phrase a crap rail journey!

Liverpool – Its former St. James Station – Will it ever reopen?

The Liverpool Echo has the article (with the rather over-optimistic headline?) on its website – see link below:-

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/business/inside-abandoned-st-james-station-15732458

I’ve posted about this long talked about reopening project before – here’s a link to my previous blog:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2015/09/08/liverpool-st-james-station/

The trouble with railway wish list projects like this is that they rarely move forward and what about the price tag – est £50m – for the new station! How on earth do we manage to get such a huge price tag for a new railway station? There must be something wrong with how railway infrastructure is procured in the UK?

Merseyrail – Have you been validated? You will be soon if you travel by train locally

Maghull Station

The Liverpool Echo has the story on its website – see link below:-

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/big-change-coming-your-merseyrail-15624941

Extract from Echo article:- ‘According to documents to be considered at next week’s Liverpool City Region combined authority transport committee, the rail operator together with Merseytravel and Transport for the North will install the devices at all non-gated platforms by the end of the year.

It’s part of a move aimed at making Merseyside a “UK exemplar” for smart ticketing and new payment technologies.’

Kirkdale – New Stadler Depot for Class 777 train maintenance

I’m indebted to Keith Page for the lead to this posting, which is a video presentation of what the new Merseyrail train maintenance depot will look like when completed. The link below refers:-

www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWDXbAlruko

A mock-up of a Class 777 – The new Merseyrail trains that will soon replace the Class 507/508 EMU’s