Merserytravel has taken the first steps in a move which could see the replacement of the entire Merseyrail train fleet.
Manufacturers have been informed of the move through what is called a Periodic Indicative Notice in the Official Journal of the European Union.
The notice states: ‘Merseyside PTE is currently considering its options around the replacement of its current fleet of Class 507/508 EMU Rolling Stock should it decide to replace the rolling stock following conclusion of its business case process.’
Councillor Mark Dowd, chair of Merseytravel, said: “This is the first step towards replacing the rolling stock which will help us to ensure Merseyrail ‘s position as one of the best performing rail companies in the country.”
Neil Scales, chief executive of Merseytravel, said: “The Notice is a precursor to inviting tenders and allows manufacturers to express an interest in a contract to replace the rolling stock.
“Meanwhile we are undertaking a programme of modifications on the current fleet to ensure its reliability.”