On April 28, Serco Caledonian Sleeper has launched its new GBP 150 million (EUR 174.5 million) fleet making its debut on Lowlander route between London and Glasgow/Edinburgh. In the coming weeks, the new trains will also be introduced on the Highlander route between London and Aberdeen, Inverness and Fort William.
Developed by CAF, the coaches are designed to provide modern services, offering accommodation ranging from completely new comfort seats for the budget traveller to rooms with double beds and en-suites, for the first time in the history of Caledonian Sleeper.
The new trains include completely new redesigned comfort seats with personal locker, reading light and charging point, Classic and Club rooms, Caledonian Double coaches – double bed with en-suite, and Accessible Rooms (double or twin).
Other new features are included on the new trains, such as a hotel-style keycard entry system, charging panels and WiFi throughout the train.
“This is a proud and exciting moment for everyone who has been involved in bringing these new trains into service. It has been an incredibly complex project and this is the culmination of a huge effort and investment by all parties,” Rupert Soames, Chief Executive of Serco, said.
The new Caledonian Sleeper coaches were constructed by CAF in Spain at a cost of over GBP 150 million, part funded by a capital grant from Scottish Ministers of GBP 60 million (EUR 69.8 million).