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Merseytravel to trial battery powered train

Rail

20 December 2019
The first of the new Merseyrail trains under test in Germany
The first of the new Merseyrail trains under test in Germany

 

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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