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Bam Nuttall wins £20m Merseyrail train depot deal

Bam Nuttall has bagged a £20m deal to build a depot for Swiss train manufacturer Stadler in Merseyside.

The contractor will create a depot at Kirkdale to host Stadler’s new fleet of trains, which will be in service by 2021.

The Swiss train manufacturer and operator won a £700m deal in February to manufacture and maintain 52 new trains for Merseyrail.

Bam Nuttall will use UK-based suppliers for the design and construction of the depot, and will source all its materials from the North of England.

The Kirkdale depot will include washing and stabling facilities; a maintenance shed with run-through tracks; office space; and a simulator suite.

There is the potential for the depot to be extended to accommodate 80 m-long trains in the future.

Bam Nuttall will also upgrade the existing train depot at Birkenhead North with new facilities so trains can be maintained on both the Wirral line and the Kirkdale line.

The Kirkdale depot is due to complete in 2019, with new trains set to arrive for testing the same year.

Bam Nuttall preconstruction director Alan Cox said: “We have been working collaboratively with Stadler during the tender stage of this exciting programme.

“From our Warrington office we have been able to provide locally based staff to support the bid and develop the programme.

“We will continue with this locally based approach throughout the delivery phase and also provide opportunity for our North of England supply chain.”

Jürg Gygax, executive vice-president of Stadler’s service division, added: “Working closely with [Bam Nuttall’s] Warrington office, this deal underlines our commitment to the UK.

“With the modern maintenance facilities these works will provide, Stadler will be able to maintain the fleet to the highest standards of reliability and customer presentation.”

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