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Insides turn yellow as Merseyrail unveils bright new look

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Published on February 12th 2015.

Insides turn yellow as Merseyrail unveils bright new look

WERE you under the impression that livery was a symptom of too many units of booze? Not this time, my friend.

The insides of the Merseyrail fleet - rather than your own - are about to turn yellow.

All Merseyrail carriages are to get a new vibrant look as part of an £8.5m upgrade. Sunnier shades will replace boring neutral tones on panels and seats which have become worn under the intimate weekly weight of 110,000 rear ends will get some new cloth.

And litter bins. There will be litter bins.

 "The overall look will be sharper and more colourful, providing a cleaner and more visually appealing environment for passengers. Colours have been chosen to match the external livery," says Merseyrail, adding that the complete refurb will take 12 months.

"Internal panels will be refinished in brighter shades, and there will be a greater use of yellow. Passenger doors will have a new two-tone white and orange colour scheme.  Seats will be re-upholstered in a fresh, smart design. There will be new labelling throughout, as well as litter bins, following passenger feedback."


Both interior and exterior improvements are part of an £8.5 million upgrade of the Merseyrail fleet. £5.5 million of this has come from rolling stock company Angel Trains, through a revised lease agreement with Merseytravel. £3 million has been provided by Merseyrail shareholders, Abellio and Serco.

"Coupled with the external livery, the aim of the internal refresh is to ensure that the standards customers have come to expect are maintained till a wholesale fleet modernisation is implemented. Work will be carried out at a purpose-built facility at Merseyrail’s Kirkdale depot," they say.

"The new exterior livery features six different themes that reflect attributes of the Liverpool city region, including tourist attractions, shopping and sport. The work, which started last year, is undertaken at our depot at Birkenhead North. Each train takes a week to be transformed into the new livery, and we expect the last train to be completed by April 2015."

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10 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Green TambourineFebruary 12th 2015.

Looks like SUNSHINE!!! That's NICE

1950s bathroom suiteFebruary 12th 2015.

Looks better in the photograph than it sounds. Unlike the ruptured egg-yolk of Microsoft Word.

Joe49February 13th 2015.

Can they put up more route maps in the carriages which are legible? Unlike the London Tube trains the internal fascias on the Merseyrail carriages are curved and don't have flat surfaces big enough to take the few maps that are fitted - the maps are in consequence curved and difficult to read. The maps need to be fitted to flat panels securely fixed to the fascias. Am I sounding a tad obsessive?

John EdmondsonFebruary 13th 2015.

Roll on the "wholesale fleet modernisation". And the Halton Curve, to provide a better service from Wirral to the airport. And a better freight route for the new docks. And electrification of the Wrexham line. All for the price of a few miles of Crossrail?

Green TambourineFebruary 13th 2015.

And more TREES and FLOWERS!!!

Guards VanFebruary 13th 2015.

Is that John Bradley still looking for a job? viz.co.uk/…/train-spotter.jpg…

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AnonymousFebruary 13th 2015.

He could do any of them while still typing a squabble on here with a stranger......rofl

John BradleyFebruary 13th 2015.

I've actually modified a Raspberry PI to do all those jobs. Currently between the 5 I've sent out running OpenSpot are racking me in 250k a year, just hope they don't notice that they acre actually employing upgraded shop manikins.

Genghis KhanFebruary 14th 2015.

There are some really cruel bastards in this World...Must admit it made me laugh.

Guards VanFebruary 14th 2015.

That makes you worse than ten Hitlers.

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