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Train operator announces major refurbishment programme

Train operator announces major refurbishment programme

Published at 6:13pm 24th November 2015. (Updated at 9:40pm 24th November 2015)

Virgin Trains is going to spend £21 million overhauling its fleet on the East Coast Main Line.

A total of 401 carriages on 45 trains will have new seats, carpets and curtains fitted, along with refurbished toilets.

The work will be carried out in London and Edinburgh, where the company will also fit 35 new engines to its diesel trains as part of a £16 million contract with manufacturer MTU.

Further work to the exterior of the fleet takes the total investment to more than £40 million.

David Horne, Managing Director of Virgin Trains on the East Coast route, said: "Since Virgin started running this railway, the bar has been raised by customers who rightly demand a high-quality customer experience, something which they would expect from a Virgin business, as well as getting great value for money.

"And that's exactly what we've been working hard to deliver, with this multi-million investment in our trains, not only one of the biggest investments of its kind ever seen on the East Coast route, but also three years ahead of the introduction of new Super Express Trains as part of the Government's InterCity Express programme.

"We're investing now so our customers can benefit from new seats and a great new on-board environment before we get a new fleet of 65 trains from 2018."

The first fully refurbished train will enter service on 14 December, when Virgin launches its new service between Sunderland and London.

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.