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New-look trains take to the tracks

New-look trains take to the tracks

Published at 4:50pm 27th January 2016. (Updated at 7:40pm 27th January 2016)

Rail passengers on the East Coast Main Line are now travelling in more comfort.

Virgin Trains has started refurbishing carriages with new seats, carpets, curtains and other fittings.

Two of the new-look trains have already come back into service.

It's part of an investment programme worth more than £40 million, which also includes fitting new diesel engines and rebranding the trains.

Meanwhile, Virgin and Network Rail have agreed to work more closely to improve services across the network.

David Horne, Managing Director of Virgin Trains on its East Coast route, said: "We're looking forward to our new fleet arriving from 2018, but we wanted to make sure the trains our customers are travelling on now give them the kind of comfort and glamour Virgin is known for.

"Our refreshed interiors are just one of the ways we will be improving and enhancing the overall experience for our customers, and the alliance with Network Rail means we'll be collaborating much more closely on all areas of safety, performance and service."

The company has committed to investing £140 million on the East Coast route over eight years.

It serves destinations including Harrogate, Skipton, York and Leeds.

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One of the refurbished carriages on Virgin Trains' East Coast route