Caledonian Sleeper gives sneak peek of new state-of-the-art trains to be rolled out in 2018
Caledonian Sleeper is offering a glimpse of its brand new £150m fleet of trains via a new dedicated website ahead of their introduction next year.
Its new fleet – comprising 75 state-of-the-art carriages currently under construction – is set to offer a range of accommodation options for travellers between Inverness and London, including Suites with double bed and en-suite; Club Rooms with single or twin beds and en-suite; Classic Rooms with single or twin beds; Comfort Seats for long journeys, and Classic, Club and Suites with fully accessible rooms for guests with reduced mobility.
Among the fleet’s other new features are a hotel-style key card entry system, upgraded panels for phone and gadget charging, and WiFi throughout.
Caledonian Sleeper says the new trains will make sure guests enjoy a unique travelling hotel-style experience, waking at their destination refreshed and relaxed, having travelled in comfort through the night
Chairman Peter Strachan said: “Travelling with the Caledonian Sleeper is a wonderful experience and the new train fleet being introduced will offer a new standard in overnight travel.
“This website is where members of the public can see the latest news on the trains and discover the exciting things we have in store. The Sleeper is already a fantastic way to travel, and the new trains will improve the service dramatically.
“Providing comfort and convenience, the Sleeper allows for plenty of time for a full day of work or play, before transporting you to and from the destinations we serve – without the hassle of flying. The Sleeper offers great value for money compared to other travel and accommodation options and combined with the new train accommodation, will give guests the journey of a night time.”
The new fleet follows a wide range of other improvements and investment in the Caledonian Sleeper since Serco took over the franchise on behalf of the Scottish Government in April 2015.
Other highlights include a new Guest Service Centre in Inverness and new uniforms, toiletries and food and beverage offer – largely provided by Scottish suppliers.
Caledonian Sleeper, which recently landed the VisitScotland Taste Our Best Award, says ticketing has also been improved, with new tickets for families travelling together, the introduction of electronic ticketing and enhanced online functionality for regular guests.
The new trains are expected to be rolled out from spring 2018.