A deal has been struck between Stadler Rail Service UK and BAM Nuttall to construct a £20m train depot in Kirkdale.
The agreement, which incudes refurbishing an existing depot at Birkenhead North, comes a month after Stadler signed a deal to manufacture and maintain a fleet of 52 metro trains for the Liverpool City Region.
The total value of the deals, including the depot construction works, amount to £700m.
BAM Nuttall has vowed to use UK-based suppliers for the design and construction of the Kirkdale depot, and has pledged to source materials from the Northern construction market.
The facility will house the new fleet of trains which will all be in service by 2021. Work on the depot is expected to complete in 2019.
Jürg Gygax, executive vice president of Stadler responsible for the service division, said: “Having just signed the contract with Merseytravel to provide a new generation of metro trains for Liverpool, we are very pleased to already be able to confirm BAM Nuttall as the primary subcontractor for the depot works.
“Working closely with their Warrington office, this deal underlines our commitment to the UK; it will help the majority of the overall value of our contracts retained in the UK and the North West, both in the supply chain and in the employment of engineering staff.