The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has awarded Merseytravel £3.5m of Transforming Cities Fund grant to trial fitting one of the new Merseyrail Electrics trains with batteries to enable it to operate on non-electrified lines.
The new fleet of Class 777 electric trains are being built by Swiss firm Stadler and are due to enter service in 2020, replacing the Class 507/508 trains built in the late-1970s. The Merseyrail Electrics network is a 750V DC third rail system.
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