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Issue:- 13 February 2013

New look for Merseyrail fleet unveiled

A new look for the Merseyrail fleet has been unveiled with designs that reflect what the Liverpool City Region has to offer in terms of sights, shopping and sport.

The first 2 re-liveried trains are now ready and will be going into service on Monday, with the roll out expected to be completed by spring 2015.

The train 'wraps' are part of an £8.5 million investment that will see essential work carried out on the stock to keep it in good working order, as well as enhancements inside and out.

Angel Trains are contributing £5.5m as part of their lease agreement with Merseytravel and a further £3m is being provided by Merseyrail.

The current fleet is approaching 40 years old and was last re-liveried ten years ago. The aim is to ensure that the standards customers have come to expect are maintained until a wholesale fleet modernisation by the end of the decade.

The 6 different wrap designs, which show how workers, students and leisure passengers can make the most of their journey, will offer a fresher, brighter image as well as having an important role in helping prevent corrosion. Internal enhancements yet to be finalised, will also be introduced in the coming months.

Said Cllr John Salter, Merseytravel's lead member for rail:- "Merseyrail is officially the best performing rail network in the country. A punctual service combined with a fresh look and feel to our trains and stations is about keeping standards high for regular passengers. Thousands of visitors will be descending on the Liverpool City Region this summer and a good experience of the rail network will contribute to the positive lasting impression they will take away."

Added Maarten Spaargaren, Managing Director at Merseyrail:- "We know that customers appreciate our services for reliability, value for money and the overall journey experience, and we're sure that the new-look fleet, with its modern, fresh and dynamic designs, will further enhance people's perception of Merseyrail."

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