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Article from BTNews 6 FEBRUARY 2017

Virgin Trains celebrates

A £40m investment by Virgin Trains in its 45 High Speed and InterCity 225 trains has ended with the completion of a fleet refurbishment programme. It is part of a £140m pledge to create a more personalised travel experience on the east coast network.

The refurbishment has seen £21m spent on new interiors which include leather seats and mood lighting in First Class and red cloth seats in Standard, which the company says provides a new lease of life for the trains and extra comfort for passengers.

The project, 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 completion arrives ahead of the launch in 2018 of Virgin Trains’ new Azuma fleet. Officials say these are set to be among the most advanced trains in the UK and illustrate Virgin’s continued pledge “to enhance and transform the customer experience”.

Managing director east coast David Horne said: “We have committed more than £40m to improving our fleet and it gives me great pleasure that we have passed another milestone on our journey towards totally transforming travel for our customers.”


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