Work has officially started on the new Stadler depot at Kirkdale.
Attended by Mayor of the Liverpool Region Steve Rotheram, Stadler Executive Vice President Jürg Gygax, and Liverpool City Region Transport Portfolio Holder Liam Robinson, an event today (May 16) marks the start of construction of a £20 million depot that in turn forms part of the £460m introduction of 52 four-car Class 777 electric multiple units built by the Swiss company.
BAM Nuttall is carrying out the construction. The Kirkdale facility will feature 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 trainsets. It is due to be finished by next year ahead of the arrival of the first ‘777s’. The new fleet is expected to be fully in traffic by 2021.
“By making Liverpool our home in the UK, Stadler is committed to investing in our presence in Kirkdale to help us secure more contracts around the country,” said Gygax.
Rotheram added: “New trains for our region will better connect 1.5 million people to training and apprenticeships, work and leisure. They’ll also boost the economy by £70m a year.”
- For an in-depth report on a visit to Stadler's Bussnang factory and Erlen commissioning centre, read RAIL 853, published on May 23, and available digitally on Android/iPad from May 19.