On 9th and 11th September, Merseyrail put one of their brand new class 777 trains on public display on the rarely used Platform 1 at Birkenhead North on Merseyrail's Wirral Line.
A healthy number of people went along to view unit 777010, the first of the inital class of 53 units to be accepted for use on the network. The most unique feature of the class is the fitting of sliding steps which allows for wheelchairs users to board without a ramp being needed. Also on the cab ends there is LED lighting in the form of a letter 'M' which light up white or red depending on the direction of travel.
The interior of the units looked bright, airy and spacious with the sections between the bogies lower than the remainder. The units have Wi-fi and USB and electrical sockets. There are bike racks and space for more passengers than carried on the current fleet, however these are more likely to be standing passengers. The corridor connections between each vehicle are almost the full width of the coach, making it more like the interior of a tram.
Overall, I likes the look of the units and look forward to sampling one in service!
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