New accessibility focused trains begin testing in Liverpool


Images have emerged of new Merseyside trains showing fresh features aimed at making the service the most accessible in the UK.

As reported in the Liverpool Echo, the new fleet, purchased by the Liverpool Combined Authority for Merseyrail, are currently being tested and delivered.

It reported that the trains are set to commence full service on the rails later this year.

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Pictures released by Merseyrail on Twitter show one of the new trains at Rice Lane Station.

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The Liverpool Echo report went on to describe that aside from the sliding step, a number of other features of the train are aimed at making easier for wheelchair users or those with mobility problems to use.

Wider aisles and more space for wheelchairs so that two wheelchair users travelling together can sit next to each other have been incorporated into the design. There will eventually be 52 new trains on the network, costing a total of £460m

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