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MerseyRail for All battery-powered train pilot has been a success

Liverpool City Region mayor sees Class 777 units as a way to improve network without major track upgrades

Mark Moran
16 July 2021
Metro mayor Steve Rotheram and the battery-powered Class 777
Metro mayor Steve Rotheram and the battery-powered Class 777

 

Tests of battery powered trains in the Liverpool City Region have been deemed a success. The use of battery trains would remove the need for the third ‘electric’ rail, enabling Merseyrail trains to travel beyond the existing network without major track investment.

Under the battery trials, financed by the Transforming Cities Fund, one of the new Class 777 trains fitted with the battery technology was tested on the Northern line. The batteries exceeded expectations with the...

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