Passengers to get new comforts from April
White stag for Sleeper as overnight trains get Scottish makeover
The trains will feature a white stag logo and passengers will be able to book 12 months in advance, the only UK rail service offering this facility.
Outsourcing company Serco, which takes over the 15-year franchise from FirstGroup, says the changes are the first phase of a promised investment in the overnight service between Scotland and London.
Glasgow fashion designer ten30 has designed the uniforms and Aberdeen social enterprise Glencraft the beds. Edinburgh-based interior designer Ian Smith is transforming the new Guest Services Centre in Inverness and the interiors of the new trains, which will be introduced into service from 2018.
The white stag is already synonymous with the Fort William to London route, known to many as the Deerstalker. The new Caledonian Sleeper White Stag has been given a contemporary look with its five point antlers representing the three Highland and two Lowland destinations.
Further plans include improvements to marketing, sales and hospitality service on the trains, vehicle maintenance and the provision of facilities at stations.
Serco is investing £100m in a new fleet of trains which are due to begin operating in 2018. They will feature ensuite berths, Pod flatbeds and a brasserie-style Club Car.
The fleet is part-funded by a £60m capital grant from the Scottish government and will be built by Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF).
Transport Minister Derek Mackay said, “The Caledonian Sleeper is a cherished icon of Scotland’s railways and it is fitting that a contemporary image of the Scottish stag is chosen to be the new emblem as this service embarks upon a transformation for the future.”