Arriva Trains Merseyside

Arriva Trains Merseyside

Arriva Trains Merseyside was a train operating company in England owned by Arriva that operated the Merseyrail Electrics franchise from January 1997 until July 2003, when the Merseyrail railway franchise was transformed into the local Merseyrail concession, owned by the Merseyrail Passenger Transport Executive (Merseytravel).

Arriva Trains Merseyside History

The Merseyrail Electrics franchise was awarded by the Director of Passenger Rail Franchising to MTL with operations commencing on 19 January 1997. MTL retained the Merseyrail Electrics brand.

  • On 18 February 2000, MTL was purchased by Arriva, and on 27 April 2001, rebranded as Arriva Trains Merseyside.
  • On 23 April 2003, Serco-Abellio were awarded the Merseyrail Electrics franchise with the services operated by Arriva Trains Merseyside transferring to Merseyrail on 20 July 2003.

Arriva Trains Merseyside Rolling Stock

Arriva Trains Merseyside inherited a fleet of Class 507 and Class 508 electric multiple units from Regional Railways. It also inherited a fleet of Class 73 locomotives and Class 936 EMUs for use on infrastructure trains, these were sold in 2002.

  • 73   Loco

Northern Line
Wirral Line

  • 507   EMU

Northern Line
Wirral Line

  • 508/1   EMU

Northern Line
Wirral Line

  • 936   EMU

Northern Line
Wirral Line

Arriva Trains Merseyside Depot

Arriva Trains Merseyside's fleet was maintained at Birkenhead North Depot.

Arriva Trains Merseyside Overview

Arriva Trains Merseyside Franchise(s): Merseyrail
19 January 1997 – 20 July 2003

Arriva Trains Merseyside Main Region(s): Merseyside
Arriva Trains Merseyside Other Region(s): Lancashire

Arriva Trains Merseyside Fleet Size: 53
Arriva Trains Merseyside Stations Called At: 67
Arriva Trains Merseyside Stations Operated: 66
Arriva Trains Merseyside Parent Company: Arriva
Arriva Trains Merseyside Reporting Mark: ME


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