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Article from BTNews 5 SEPTEMBER 2011

Chiltern Railways launch a premium economy product

In a first for the rail sector, Chiltern Railways will today (Monday 5 September) launch a premium economy product on its new Birmingham to London "Mainline" service. Mainline itself is the result of an 18 month £250m private investment and is the biggest project in the history of Chiltern Railways. 

Modelled on airline products, the Business Zone has been designed following extensive discussions with the business community.  Chiltern Railways says the new service has been created to fill a much needed niche, providing all the valued business benefits of First Class at a fraction of the cost.

Passengers using the Business Zone will enjoy a private carriage of just 30 seats with large tables, wide seats, ample legroom, an ‘always-on’ wi-fi connection and plug sockets at every seat.  They pay a £20 supplement which can be for both legs of the journey or just one way. 

Chiltern Main Line offers an alterative route between London (Marylebone) and Birmingham which stops at Banbury, Leamington Spa, Warwick Parkway and Solihull.  Total journey time is 100mins and prices are “very competitive”.  Marylebone is on the Bakerloo Line and two stops from Oxford Circus. www.chilternrailways.co.uk

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