Arriva Trains Merseyside

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Arriva Trains Merseyside
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Overview
Franchise(s)Merseyrail
19 January 1997 – 20 July 2003
Main region(s)Merseyside
Other region(s)Lancashire
Cheshire
Fleet size53
Stations called at67
Stations operated66
National Rail abbreviationME
Parent companyArriva

Arriva Trains Merseyside[1] 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).

History[edit]

The Merseyrail Electrics franchise was awarded by the Director of Passenger Rail Franchising to MTL with operations commencing on 19 January 1997.[2] MTL retained the Merseyrail Electrics brand.

On 18 February 2000, MTL was purchased by Arriva,[3][4] and on 27 April 2001, rebranded as Arriva Trains Merseyside.[5]

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.[6]

Routes[edit]

Northern Line[edit]

Wirral Line[edit]

Rolling stock[edit]

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

Class Image Type Top speed Number Routes operated Unit numbers Built
 mph   km/h 
73 Loco 80 129 4 Northern Line
Wirral Line
73001–002, 73005–006 1962
507 Ormskirk station - geograph.org.uk - 811561.jpg EMU 75 120 32 Northern Line
Wirral Line
507001–021, 507023–033 1978–80
508/1 508138 NewBrighton.jpg EMU 75 120 21 Northern Line
Wirral Line
508103–104, 508111–112, 508114–115, 508117, 508124–128, 508130,
508134, 508136–141, 508143
1979–80
936 Merseyrail 73901.jpg EMU 60 97 3 Northern Line
Wirral Line
936001–003 1955–56

Depot[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Companies House extract company no 3007941 Arriva Trains Merseyside Limited formerly Merseyrail Electrics Limited
  2. ^ "Local bus company MTL wins the Merseyrail Electrics franchise" Rail issue 296 15 January 1997 page 11
  3. ^ Recommended Cash Offer for MTL Services Arriva 18 February 2000
  4. ^ "Arriva buys MTL for £84m" Rail issue 378 8 March 2000 page 13
  5. ^ "Name changes for Arriva TOCs" Rail issue 408 2 May 2001 page 9
  6. ^ Merseyrail franchise goes Dutch The Daily Telegraph 24 April 2003

Further reading[edit]

  • Hunt, John (7–20 October 1998). "Sparkies 'cross the Mersey...". RAIL. No. 341. EMAP Apex Publications. pp. 28–33. ISSN 0953-4563. OCLC 49953699.
Preceded by
Regional Railways
As part of British Rail
Operator of Merseyrail franchise
1997 - 2003
Succeeded by
Merseyrail