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Merseyrail Electrics
Arriva Trains Merseyside

The first passenger franchise serving the Liverpool area was won by MTL in late 1996, and this was let by the Office of Passenger Rail Franchising for a term of seven years and two months, starting in January 1997. The owner of the franchise was acquired by Arriva in early 2000, a transaction which also marked Arriva's entry into British rail franchising. At first, Arriva was permitted just 12 months, but this was later extended by two years from February 2001 to 2 February 2003 and then again to 20 July 2003. After MTL had been taken over, the brand became Arriva Trains Merseyside.

start date
19 January 1997
end date
20 July 2003

owned by
MTL Trust Holdings Ltd (later Arriva plc)

legal title
Merseyrail Electrics Ltd

service area
Metro and local services in greater Merseyside

replaced
Merseyrail Electrics TOU (British Railways Board)

was replaced by
Merseyrail








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