Scotland’s iconic Caledonian Sleeper service has been crowned one of the world’s best sleeper trains in a top travel guide.
The London to Fort William service has been hailed among Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2016, alongside Johannesburg to Cape Town and Chicago to San Francisco routes, in the title’s global best-selling guide book.
Peter Strachan, Serco’s managing director of the Caledonian Sleeper, said: “Lonely Planet is an extremely popular and well-regarded publication so it is great to see the Caledonian Sleeper appreciated in this list of treasured overnight train rides.
“The London to Fort William route is one of the most scenic and spectacular journeys in the country and with the Caledonian Sleeper travelling through heather-scattered moors and across the recognisable Glenfinnan Viaduct, guests are provided with spectacular views from the comfort of their berth.
“We have made a number of improvements since taking over the service in April this year. However guests can expect a transformation in 2018 when we introduce new trains – I look forward to welcoming the new Caledonian Sleeper then.”
Plans to transform the Caledonian Sleeper service into an outstanding hospitality offering that is emblematic of the best of Scotland are well underway. This includes all aspects of the operation of the Caledonian Sleeper franchise; marketing, sales, hospitality service on the trains, vehicle maintenance and the provision of facilities at stations for guests.
In 2018 a new fleet will launch, with a range of new features, including ensuite berths, Pod flatbeds and a brasserie-style Club Car. Over £150 million is being invested in the new fleet which is part funded by a £60m capital grant from Scottish Ministers and will be built by leading rolling stock manufacturer Construccionesy Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF).
They will offer four innovative ways to travel in comfort on the Sleeper service – Cradle Seats, Pod Flatbeds, Berths and En-Suite Berths, and will include a Brasserie style Club Car for dining.