It was fantastic to attend the launch of the new Caledonian Sleeper trains on 29th April at Glasgow Central station. The launch event featured presentations from: Ryan Flaherty, MD of Caledonian Sleeper, Rupert Soames MD of Serco Group and regular traveller on the Sleeper, Michael Mathieson, MSP Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity and finishing with David Mundell MP Secretary of State for Scotland. The evening then finished for the non-travelling guests, of which I was one, with a walk through on the new trains once they had arrived in Glasgow Central.
There has been a lot of thought put into the new trains for me and the small touches that I loved were:
- Passenger Information Screens with helpful information such as the time and temperatures at the end of each carriage.
- Keycard access on the doors which very much adds to the ‘hotel feel’
- Mat on the bed. According to research by Againt Sanister, luggage comes into contact with 80 million bacteria before it even reaches the hotel room so the mat is a great idea to prevent the spread of germs.
I look forward to travelling on the new trains in the near future!