• 75 route miles with outer termini at Southport, Ormskirk, Kirkby, Hunts Cross on the Northern Line, and New Brighton, West Kirby, Chester and Ellesmere Port on the Wirral Line
• An 6.5 miles underground section which includes the original Mersey railway tunnel opened in 1886
• One of the most intensively used networks in the UK with clockface, regular interval timetable (15 minute frequencies, increasing to 5 minute on city centre sections)
• A fleet of 59 fully refurbished electric trains
Merseyrail is a unique concession in the UK as the role of the Department for Transport in awarding rail franchises has been delegated by Parliament to the Merseyside Integrated Transport Executive Merseytravel and the concession agreement is between the operator and Merseytravel. This gives much better local control by local people of local services. Another unique feature is the length of the concession which is 25 years from 20 July 2003 with review dates along the way.