Vandals cover new Merseyrail train in graffiti before it has chance to leave depot

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Vandals cover new Merseyrail train in graffiti before it has chance to leave depot worklife 第1张The new Merseyrail trains have been covered with graffiti before they have arrived in our region (credit: Nicholas Garner)

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Vandals have targeted a new state-of-the-art Merseyrail train ahead of its launch in our region.

The new train has been covered in graffiti before it has even left the depot.

A new fleet of Class 777 trains are expected to be launched across the Merseyrail network in the coming months, with the new trains being tested on lines in Cheshire and elsewhere in the country.

But one of the modern new trains has had its classic yellow design ruined by graffiti before it has arrived in the North West.

Vandals spray painted the train while it was being stored at a depot in Tonbridge in Kent.

The train has now been moved to its Kirkdale depot in Merseyside, reports the Liverpool Echo.

A Merseytravel spokesperson said the removal of the graffiti will cost thousands of pounds.

The spokesperson said: "We are very disappointed that this has happened to one of our units that was being temporarily stored at Tonbridge depot in Kent and this type of irresponsible behaviour will not be tolerated.

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“The graffiti is now being removed at our Kirkdale depot at a cost of thousands of pounds and will then be ready for testing on the Merseyrail network.

“We also want to strongly remind graffiti artists that train depots are ‘live sites’ and can be extremely hazardous so please don’t put your lives at risk by trespassing.”

A picture of the graffiti-covered train was shared on twitter by rail enthusiast group, Railmen of Kent, who wrote: 'A visit to Tonbridge Yard to supposedly see 777006 depart and head North, but due to a case of graffiti vandalism, I doubt it will be leaving on time.

"There are some cleaners hard at work trying to remove graffiti on the other side."

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Merseytravel have confirmed that the train is now being cleaned in Kirkdale.

Merseytravel had been hoping to launch the first passenger journeys on the new trains in the autumn but it is thought this process may well have been delayed by the coronavirus crisis.

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