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East coast rail line trains given makeover

East Coast mainline trains are to be given a makeover Credit: Virgin

Newly refurbished trains have been unveiled as part of a £40m project to improve east coast rail route rolling stock.

All of Virgin’s trains on its east coast route are being given a makeover with new interiors.

A total of £21m has been earmarked to complete the refurbishment of the trains’ interiors, including adding leather seats to First Class and new carpets and fittings throughout.

The refurbishment programme, which also includes a £16m investment in new diesel engines and the re-branding of the exterior of the trains, has been brought in ahead of the arrival of Virgin’s new fleet in 2018.

Our new fleet of trains arrive in 2018, but we want to ensure the trains people are catching right now deliver the same comfort and glamour for which Virgin Trains is known. The East Coast Mainline features some of the world’s iconic rail journeys and has played host to some of the most famous locomotives ever made, including the Flying Scotsman. Our own uniquely Virgin Flying Scotsman was unveiled last year and is a symbol of this major investment that will bring the Virgin style and a dash of glamour back to the east coast route in the build up to the launch of our new trains.

– David Horne, Managing Director of Virgin Trains on its east coast route
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