March 21, 2017

Stadler awards contract for Merseyrail depots

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STADLER Rail Services UK has awarded BAM Nuttall a contract worth around £20m to construct a new depot at Kirkdale in Liverpool which will maintain the fleet of 52 four-car EMUs ordered last month by Merseytravel for the Merseyrail suburban network.

The depot will include washing and stabling facilities, a maintenance shed with run-through tracks, offices, and a simulator room. The structure will be designed to enable extension for 80m-long trains.

The contract also includes refurbishment of Merseyrail’s existing depot at Birkenhead North, which in future will focus on overnight servicing and cleaning with most maintenance activity transferring to Kirkdale.

All depot works are due to be completed by 2019, when Stadler will deliver the first trains for testing. The fleet will enter passenger service in 2020.

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