The first images from inside Caledonian Sleeper’s new fleet of trains has been revealed.
The overnight rail service between London and Scotland will be transformed by the introduction of the £150m fleet, with a total of 75 new carriages set to make their debut.
Guests on the new services will be able to enjoy a range of accommodation types, including rooms with double beds and en-suites – for the first time in the history of Caledonian Sleeper.
The inside track on the new carriages: Pictured is a ‘Caledonian double’, which comes with a double bed with en-suite, station lounge access, breakfast and luxury toiletries and costs from £335 for one or £400 shared
This image shows a ‘club room’, which costs from £205 for one, £250 for two. The second person sleeps on a flip-down bed
Passengers will be able to purchase comfort seats (from £45); classic rooms (solo or shared use with an option of interconnecting rooms, toiletries included; from £140 for one or £170 for two); club rooms (solo or shared use with en-suite, station lounge access, breakfast, luxury toiletries included; from £205 for one and £250 for two); a Caledonian double (double bed with en-suite, station lounge access, breakfast, luxury toiletries included; from £335 for one and £400 for two); and accessible rooms (double or twin, toiletries included).
Caledonian Sleeper’s new trains will begin operating by the end of May, initially on the Lowlander route between London Euston and Glasgow/Edinburgh. They will subsequently debut on the Highlander route between London and Aberdeen, Inverness and Fort William.
Bookings can already be made for travel on the new trains from 2 June.
Caledonian Sleeper has also launched a revamped website – sleeper.scot.
It says that the site ‘makes it easier than ever for people to book their magical journey and explore the destinations the trains reach’.
Ryan Flaherty, Serco’s Managing Director for Caledonian Sleeper, said: ‘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.
This is a classic room which can be booked for solo or shared use, with an option of interconnecting rooms. It costs from £140 for one or £170 for two
Caledonian Sleeper’s new trains will begin operating by the end of May, initially on the Lowlander route between London and Glasgow/Edinburgh. Pictured is a ‘club car’
‘I would encourage anyone interested in being one of the first to experience the new trains to book their travel on our new website, which has been completely revamped to reflect the monumental and exciting changes to our service.
‘Caledonian Sleeper is competitively priced and means guests can avoid the hassle or additional costs of getting to and from the airport. It is the only way to be at your destination in plenty of time for early morning meetings or a full day’s sightseeing without the cost of a hotel.’
In a statement, Caledonian Sleeper added: ‘Caledonian Sleeper fares have no hidden costs and allow guests to bring multiple suitcases or excess baggage on board without incurring any additional charges. And with centre-to-centre travel, there is an additional cost saving over flying as there is no need to pay for connections to take you in or out of the city. That means Caledonian Sleeper is not only the most civilised way to travel – it is also frequently the most cost effective.
The new Caledonian Sleeper coaches, pictured, were constructed by CAF in Spain at a cost of over £150m
‘With a 12-month booking window, it also means that guests can plan their travel well in advance. That is a major advantage over other train operators, where cheaper advance fares are usually only available from 12 weeks before travel.’
The new Caledonian Sleeper coaches were constructed by CAF in Spain at a cost of over £150m, part funded by a capital grant from Scottish Ministers of £60m.
Testing has been underway across the UK throughout 2018 and early 2019.