We went to see the new Merseyrail Train

Merseyrail is offering members of the public the opportunity to step on board a full-size mock-up of one of its new trains that are due to come into service in 2020.

Production of the 52 units by Swiss manufacturer Stadler is currently under way at its factory in Hungary with the first of the carriages due to arrive in Liverpool in 2019. A replica carriage which is fully fitted out and includes working doors and a driver’s cab has been built and has gone on display in Wirral for the first two weeks of October.

The detailed and lifelike replica train is fully interactive, with working doors and an automatic sliding step which will bridge the gap between the train and platform edge, making the network more accessible to all users – including wheelchairs users.

Visitors are able to walk along the open and spacious aisles, try the new wider seats and even take a look at the technology inside the driver’s cab.

Merseyrail staff will be on hand to talk through the features of the new trains. These features – chosen with the input and guidance of Liverpool city region residents and rail network users – include phone charging points and bike racks. The carriage is on display at Pacific Road Business Hub in Birkenhead –

Pacific Road, Birkenhead, 1st to 14th October, Monday to Sunday, 8am to 5.30pm, Tuesday 8am to 7.30pm

Mioe information about the trains is available here.