Stadler Rail Services UK awarded BAM Nuttall a contract for the construction of train depot in Kirkdale and to refurbish to modern standards an existing depot in Birkenhead North. The project is part of Stadler’s contract to manufacture and maintain a new fleet of 52 metro trains for Merseytravel and Merseyrail for the Liverpool City Region.
Designed to drive the most efficient use of the new fleet by minimising the movement of stock within the depot, the Kirkdale facility will include washing and stabling facilities, a maintenance shed with run-through tracks, office space, and a simulator suite. The design includes potential for the depot to be extended for 80-metre long trainsets. At Birkenhead North, the existing depot will be upgraded with a new washing facility so it will be possible to clean the trains on the Wirral line (Birkenhead North) and the Northern line (Kirkdale). Once the Kirkdale depot is ready for the main maintenance of the new fleet, this facility will focus on overnight servicing and cleaning. The depot works are due to be completed in 2019, in time for the arrival of new vehicles for testing.
In February 2017, Stadler has signed the deal with Merseytravel worth up to £700 million (EUR 818.8 million) to build and maintain 52 metro trains on the Merseyrail network for the Liverpool City Region from 2020. Merseytravel also has the option to trigger the manufacture of a further 60 vehicles.