Fleet officially launched
Serco Caledonian Sleeper has launched its new £150m fleet – with the first guests travelling on the revitalised overnight rail service. The new carriages made their debut on Sunday 28 April on the Lowlander route between London and Glasgow/Edinburgh. This will be followed by their introduction on the Highlander route between London and Aberdeen, Inverness and Fort William in the coming weeks.
Designed to accommodate the modern-day traveller, the new trains offer 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. Furthermore, all Accessible Rooms are priced at the same level as Classic Rooms – including those with double beds.
In addition to introducing its new fleet, Caledonian Sleeper has also launched a new marketing campaign which will inspire potential guests to ‘Dream Big’. Debuting across digital, social and outdoor advertising platforms, it is designed to encourage a new audience to discover Caledonian Sleeper and the world of possibilities it unlocks.
Commenting on the new trains, Ryan Flaherty, Serco’s Managing Director for Caledonian Sleeper, said: “The overriding ambition has been to deliver on our vision of a Caledonian Sleeper service fit for today’s traveller, one that combines the modern facilities people expect with that feeling of nostalgia that comes from long-distance railway travel. We want guests to have a magical journey with us, whether they are travelling for business or for pleasure.”
Spanish service extension
Synergy, the logistics operator of Hutchison Ports group, has launched a third train frequency between the Port of Barcelona and Miranda de Ebro, thus consolidating in record time its commitment to Miranda de Ebro and northern Spain. Last October, Synergy decided to expand its multimodal offer by operating the first container train to Miranda Container Terminal (TCM), in Miranda de Ebro, from the Port of Barcelona. Since then, several rail services have been put in place between the two enclaves thus consolidating the offer and therefore a third weekly frequency has been added in each direction.
From Miranda de Ebro, Synergy covers the areas of Burgos, La Rioja, Vizcaya, Vitoria and Santander, all important industrialised zones with large import and export companies that have joined Synergy’s enterprise by letting their goods destined to both Far East and Middle East enter or leave via the Port of Barcelona. The train composition is conditioned for the transport of containers and can carry all types of goods, from steel sector to food sector.
From the Miranda de Ebro facilities, Synergy offers, in addition to pure railway services, storage services, emptying and filling of containers and transport services.
Boost to business
Hull Trains will be running two further services to and from Cottingham and Beverley after approval was granted by the Office of Rail and Road. The application was made for additional services after the train operating company experienced high levels of demand for these services from passengers. After a lengthy consultation process with key stakeholders, the approval has been granted.
The services started on Monday 20th May 2019. Local Rail Development Consultant Dave Walford, explained why this move was significant to the area: “This is excellent news, not just for Hull Trains, but for the passengers across the East Riding, along with the boost it can give to local business and tourism. Beverley can market itself as an excellent short break for Londoners, while a further plus is the pressure this should take off Brough station.
“Many East Riding residents drive across the county to Brough station, rather than journeying into Hull centre. This will reduce road journeys around Hull and Brough, and release more parking places for commuters, at the rapidly expanding town.”