UK: London to Scotland overnight train operator Caledonian Sleeper has unveiled the interiors of its new coaches, which are being built by CAF in northern Spain.
Entry into service had originally been scheduled for April 2018 but is now expected by the end of May. The Lowlander route between London and Glasgow/Edinburgh will be the first to be operated by the new stock, with the Highlander route between London and Aberdeen, Inverness and Fort William to follow.
Bookings can currently be made for travel on the new fleet from June 2, and the booking system will be updated once the introduction date is confirmed.
|New Caledonian Sleeper fleet accommodation types|
|Classic Rooms||Solo or shared use with an option of interconnecting rooms, toiletries included||£140 solo, £170 shared|
|Club Rooms||Solo or shared use with en suite toilet and shower, station lounge access, breakfast, luxury toiletries included||£205 solo, £250 shared|
|Caledonian Doubles||Double bed with en suite toilet and shower, station lounge access, breakfast, luxury toiletries included||£335 solo, £400 shared|
|Accessible Rooms||Double or twin, toiletries included|
The new fleet was ordered by Serco in early 2015, after it won the contract to operate the Caledonian Sleeper service for 15 years from April 2015.
The order worth more than £100m was financed by the Caledonian Sleepers Rail Leasing Ltd subsidiary of Lombard North Central plc, with a £60m capital grant from the Scottish government. The styling of the coaches was overseen by interior designer Ian Smith, with the patterns reflecting a ‘contemporary Scotland’ theme.
‘The launch of the new Caledonian Sleeper is fast approaching and travelling on our service will be a truly magical experience that will transform travel between London and Scotland’, said Ryan Flaherty, Serco’s Managing Director for Caledonian Sleeper, on April 3.
- The new fleet will be described in more detail in the May 2019 issue of Railway Gazette International magazine. Subscribe today.