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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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Leeds Festival advice for drivers

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  • Motorways and major A roads leading to the Bramham Park are likely to be busy from today until Saturday, then again on Monday as people leave the festival.
  • Festival traffic will use the A1(M) to junction 44 (A1M/A64 Bramham Interchange) where traffic will exit and continue on the westbound A64 towards Leeds. Traffic will be using both lanes on a one-way system on the A64 and will turn right into the Festival car parks.
  • To manage this additional route, the A64 is being closed to all through traffic travelling eastbound from midnight on Wednesday 26 August and all day Thursday 27 August, until 5.00am on Friday 28 August.
  • Traffic travelling from York to Leeds on the A64 will continue as normal but drivers should be aware that queues are likely on the A1(M) at junction 44 (Bramham Interchange).

We will be doing all we can to alleviate congestion on the major routes to the event to keep traffic flowing, even so it will be busier than normal in this area over the festival weekend.

We have a lot of experience of handling events like this and have tried and tested systems in place. We work with our emergency service colleagues and the event organisers to ensure those heading for the events get there with minimum fuss and delays.

Drivers are advised to plan and check their travel routes in advance, and to keep up-to-date with the latest road conditions.

– Emergency planning manager for Highways England in Yorkshire, Andrew Charnick

Signalling problem delays trains between York and Leeds

A signalling problem at Harrogate is causing delays of up to 15 minutes between on trains between Leeds and York via Harrogate.

The 07:34 Harrogate to London Kings Cross service will start from Horsforth and not call at Harrogate.

These delays are expected to continue until approximately 12:00.

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