Plans to keep town moving

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PLANS are underway to replace the local railway network’s aging trains.

Merseytravel has signalled the start of the multi-million pound process of replacing its entire fleet.

The current collection of class 507 and 508 trains were built in the late 1970s and, despite an overhaul programme that began a decade ago, both the expected lifespan of the vehicles and the current leasing arrangements are set to expire in the next 6 years.

Head-hunters have now been appointed to draw up a list of candidates for the post of project director and it is hoped that the new trains will be in operation by 2017.

Merseytravel chair, Councillor Mark Dowd, said; “The Merseyrail rolling stock replacement project will be one of the most significant schemes undertaken by Merseytravel over the next few years, with consequences that will extend for decades.

“Getting the right person to oversee the project and creating the right project governance arrangements are the first priorities on the way to successful delivery of new trains.”