Virgin Trains completes fleet refurbishment programme25/01/17
Part of its £140 million investment pledge to transform travel on the east coast
Image: The Virgin Trains team at Bounds Green depot in London alongside the final train in its east coast fleet to be refurbished.
Virgin Trains today announced the completion of its fleet refurbishment programme, which has seen a £40 million investment by the company in its current fleet of 45 High Speed and InterCity 225 trains to improve the customer experience. The programme is part of the rail operator’s £140 million pledge to create a more personalised travel experience on the east coast network.
All Virgin Trains on the east coast route have been refurbished, with £21 million spent on new interiors. The new-look interiors include luxurious leather seats and mood lighting in First Class and stunning red cloth seats in Standard, providing a new lease of life to the trains and extra comfort for customers.
The refurbishment programme, which also includes new carpets and fittings, is part of a pledge Virgin Trains made when it started operating on the east coast. A total of 410 carriage interiors have been revamped and 24,427 seats replaced.
The completed refurbishment arrives ahead of the launch in 2018 of Virgin Trains’ new Azuma fleet. Set to be amongst the most advanced trains in the UK, the Virgin Azuma illustrates Virgin Trains’ continued pledge to enhance and transform the customer experience.
David Horne, Managing Director at Virgin Trains on the east coast, said: “Since we launched services on the east coast mainline in 2015 we have committed more than £40 million to improving our existing fleet, to give customers the best possible experience when they travel with us. It gives me great pleasure to announce that we have completed our refurbishment programme, and passed another milestone on our journey towards totally transforming travel for our customers on the east coast.”
Stephen Timothy, Client Relations Director at Eversholt Rail, congratulated Virgin Trains on the successful conclusion of the refurbishment programme and said, “We are sure passengers on the east coast will be delighted with these new look trains, and we are pleased that Eversholt Rail’s investment in our InterCity 225 fleet has played a key role in this transformation”.
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