19 January 1997 - 20 July 2003|
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.
Arriva Trains Merseyside Wikipedia
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.Southport to Hunts Cross
Ormskirk to Liverpool Central
Kirkby to Liverpool Central
New Brighton to Liverpool Central
Chester to Liverpool Central
Ellesmere Port to Liverpool Central
West Kirby to Liverpool Central
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 Classs 936 units for use on infrastructure trains, these were sold in 2002.
Arriva Trains Merseyside's fleet was maintained at Birkenhead North Depot.