7 MARCH 2016
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Virgin Trains has celebrated the first anniversary of its east coast rail franchise spending almost £18m on fleet improvements in the last 12 months and committing £140m over the eight years of the franchise.
Highlights include a stylish makeover of existing train stock with a brand new exterior and new interiors being rolled out across the fleet – including leather seats in First Class. There are also new seats, carpets and lighting in Standard Class.
The courtesy wi-fi operation has been significantly improved and now is as good as on any railway service.
David Horne, managing director for Virgin Trains on its east coast route, said: “This is only the first year of our eight-year franchise but the transformation is already underway. We’re paying more to tax-payers and investing more for customers. We’re committed to great value – including a 10% cut in Standard Anytime fares on long-distance journeys to and from London, and are focused on delivering that Virgin sparkle to the customer experience.
We’re also counting down to 2018 with the introduction of our state-of-the-art new British-built trains and faster journey times to key cities such as Leeds, Newcastle and Edinburgh.” The renovated but still rattley rolling stock will still be with us for some years. www.virgintrainseastcoast.com
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