New trains for Merseyrail and Hull Trains?

Merseytravel has taken a closer step towards acquiring new electric trains for its Merseyrail network. They are urgently needed to replace the existing fleet of 59 class 507/508 three car units, which are nearly 40 years old. Merseytravel expects passenger numbers to increase by 40% by 2028.

New trains would cost around £400m, and a decision from the Merseytravel committee is expected on 1 October. If approval is authorised, the new trains could be in service by the early 2020s.

East of the Pennines, open access operator First Hull Trains has launched a consultation to acquire five new high speed bi-modal units -which have the capability of operating on either diesel or electric traction – and would cost £68m to build. They could be in service by 2020. However, the deal is only likely to go ahead if the ORR grants Hull Trains a 10 year extension (to 2029) to its open access agreement.

Hull Trains will need to replace its Class 180 units, one of which is depicted at Hull
If electrification goes ahead, Hull Trains will need to replace its Class 180 units. 

681/Sep 15

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