Virgin Rail has opened a redesigned £250000 business waiting area at London’s Euston station. It offers an expanded range of facilities to cater for passengers travelling first class on the Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Glasgow routes.

Bright colours and curvaceous lines have been combined to produce an area which provides facilities for ’work, rest and play’. Central to the lounge is the bar area, offering snacks and drinks. Phone points are available at the bar, allowing customers to make essential calls whilst relaxing. The lounge also offers computer modem facilities and other communications equipment. Individual meeting rooms can be used for group conferences.

A private sound-proofed area is available for those passengers requiring peace and quiet for resting or reading - a library offers a selection of both business and leisure titles for passengers to read. Alternatively, music is available from individually-controlled speakers with a choice of both classical or popular styles.

For the more energetic passenger, one of the meeting room tables can be turned over to reveal an extensive Scalextric miniature motor racing circuit. Other entertainment facilities include Play Station video games, televisions, and board and table-top games. o

CAPTION: Richard Branson opens the Euston lounge, and reveals the Virgin Trains ’Silver Lady’ branding (above). The lounge offers zones tailored towards relaxation, entertainment and business. The library (right) offers a restful ambience