We’ll cut jour­ney times with new trains says chief

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MERSEYRAIL’S new trains will re­duce jour­ney times, and carry 60% more pas­sen­gers - and prices will not in­crease in or­der to pay for it, bosses have pledged.

A £450m cash in­jec­tion from Mersey­travel means that new trains will be bought that will be faster and able to carry more pas­sen­gers.

Merser­travel also said that its trains would be the most ac­ces­si­ble part of the UK train net­work, with ex­cel­lent wheel­chair fa­cil­i­ties.

But the new driver-only trains have been met with dis­ap­proval by many. The RMT union has taken in­dus­trial ac­tion on more than one oc­ca­sion be­cause the new trains will not have guards work­ing on them.

John Fog­a­rty, di­rec­tor of re­sources at Mersey­travel, re­vealed the plans at South­port Area Com­mit­tee.

He said: “The public own­er­ship of the trains has meant that they have been de­signed with the public in mind.. The new train net­work will boost the econ­omy of the city re­gion and cre­ate up to 1,000 jobs.”

Stadler, a fam­ily-owned com­pany based in Switzer­land, is to pro­duce the new rolling stock.

The new trains are to be more dig­i­tal, leave less of a car­bon foot­print, and carry more pas­sen­gers.

The trains will be able to carry more pas­sen­gers as car­riages will be con­nected, and of­fer a com­pletely open space. Mr Fog­a­rty de­scribed this as “light, bright, and airy.”

The trains are also to be lighter, and slightly faster, re­duc­ing rail time.

Mr Fog­a­rty added: “The new trains will take six min­utes off the jour­ney from Ch­ester to Liver­pool.”

Safety is also planned to be in­creased on the trains, ad­dress­ing the is­sues which led to 16-year-old Ge­or­gia Var­ley’s death at Liver­pool’s James Street sta­tion in 2011.

The gap be­tween the train and the plat­form will be sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced, as a lip will come from the train and find the plat­form edge - re­duc­ing the risk of fall­ing.

Train doors will also have sen­sors and will stop mov­ing if any­thing is trapped in the door.

CCTV will also be in op­er­a­tion on all of the trains, and cam­eras will also en­able train driv­ers to look down the train be­fore set­ting off – giv­ing them a view of the whole train.

An im­age of one of the new trains planned to be run­ning on the North­ern Line by the end of 2020 and, be­low, in­side the driver’s cab

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