A revolution in rail travel between Scotland and London is just around the corner as Caledonian Sleeper prepares to introduce a fleet of new trains from October, offering business guests the chance to enjoy a series of unique travel advantages.
Similar to the current service, which travels direct between Scotland to London six days a week, the new trains will provide guests with an efficient service which swaps airport queues for comfortable overnight accommodation.
Reaching stations across Scotland including Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh, guests can board late in the evening and awake the following morning in the heart of the city feeling relaxed and refreshed.
Amongst the host of benefits on the new fleet of trains are a range of accommodation options including Club Rooms and Suites which both come with an en-suite. There will also be an on board Club Car, where some of Scotland’s finest food and drink can be sampled.
Other new features will include a hotel-style key card entry system, charging panels and WiFi throughout the train, providing space to both work and relax. Competitively priced, the new travel options start from £45.
Operated by Serco, the transformed trains have been made possible due to an investment of over £100m, part-funded by a £60m capital grant from Scottish Ministers. The investment follows Serco’s range of improvements to the existing service since 2015.
Enhancements to the current service include a new booking system making it possible to book up to 12 months in advance, a series of new menus offering a taste of Scotland in the on board Lounge Car and the introduction of a Guest Lounge in Inverness.
Upgrades to the existing service also include the replacement of all mattresses on board leading to a partnership with Aberdeen-based social enterprise, Glencraft.
Specialising in luxury mattresses and a Royal Warrant holder, the company has crafted bespoke mattresses for both the current service and new trains, helping to provide guests with a comfortable and good night’s sleep.
Matthew Wardrop from Glasgow-based training company Kissing with Confidence is one guest that makes the most of the current service. He said: “We work with clients across a range of sectors, with many being in the centre of London, meaning that most weeks involve a trip to the city.
“Being in the business of networking and training, after a full day in London I often attend an event which goes on until later in the evening. I usually don’t finish up until 8pm or 9pm meaning that a flight back to Glasgow often isn’t an option."
“Instead, I’m able to enjoy a relaxing evening in the city before heading to Euston Station to catch Caledonian Sleeper back home around 11pm. This suits me perfectly as not only can I stay in London to finish up at an event but I can get on board and enjoy a good night’s sleep in a comfortable bed at decent time. It’s the ideal solution for travelling from the centre of one city to another whilst making the most of my day.”