The £21 million rebuild of Kirkdale depot has been completed ahead of the arrival of new Class 777 trains for the Merseyrail network.
A £460 million investment in the Merseyrail network includes both the new fleet and related infrastructure upgrades. Stadler, which is building the new trains, will also be responsible for their maintenance under a 35-year contract. Kirkdale will be the main base for the ‘777s’, with the sister Birkenhead North site to be upgraded to allow overnight servicing and cleaning of the fleet; Birkenhead North is the main maintenance site for the current Class 507 and 508 EMUs, which are now maintained by Stadler.
Bam Nuttall was lead contractor for the work at Kirkdale, with upgrades including washing and heavy maintenance capabilities and additional stabling facilities. Kirkdale is also home to Stadler’s UK headquarters.