Caledonian Sleeper launch new carriages with £50m of UK government funding

The new Caledonian Sleeper service has been launched at Glasgow Central Station, thanks to £50m of UK government funding towards the replacement of the Caledonian Sleeper fleet to improve on-train facilities.

Welcoming the news, secretary of state for Scotland David Mundell,  said: “It is fantastic to see the launch of the new Caledonian Sleeper service. The UK government has invested £50m in the new fleet, improving vital connectivity between Scotland and England, and improving the service for the thousands of passengers. I am pleased to travel on their debut journey and look forward to using this service for years to come.”

The launch event marked the public introduction of the new carriages on the “Lowlander Service” between London Euston and Glasgow Central or Edinburgh Waverley. This will be followed by the introduction on the “Highlander” route between London and Aberdeen, Inverness and Fort William in the coming weeks.

Part-funded by a £60m grant from the Scottish government, the £150m-plus service, which launched a year behind schedule, includes double beds and ensuite showers in the most expensive cabins, accessed by hotel-style keycards.

Passengers travelling on board Caledonian Sleeper will be greeted and woken by one of Scotland’s most popular celebrities as TV and radio star Susan Calman (pictured above) is the voice of the new trains.

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