Caledonian Sleeper service beds down with refreshed carriages
May 17 2019
Caledonian Sleeper services are to be expanded with the roll out of a new Highland route from June 2019, sporting ‘hotel on wheels’ decor created by Edinburgh-based interior designers Ian Smith Design on behalf of Serco.
Confined to constricted cabin space Smith has created a series of contemporary rooms, some with en-suite toilets and showers, as well as reclining seats, storage lockers and reading lights. These spaces will be served by a new look Club Car employing oak, grey, tan and blue fabrics to foster a relaxing and welcoming environment.
Smith said: “As someone who travels by train a lot I wanted the design to move away from impersonal and utilitarian nature of modern trains to give guests a feeling that their comfort and experience of travelling on the Caledonian Sleeper would not only be a memorable one for the tourist but also a matter of choice for the regular traveller”.
Ryan Flaherty, Serco’s managing director of Caledonian Sleeper, added: “The design, look and feel of the new trains is a world away from the previous service and the feedback from guests really cements this.
“It was important to us to work with a Scottish designer that understood that what we were trying to do was move away from being purely a functional transport service and instead create a hotel atmosphere.”
As part of the work guest lounges at Inverness, Fort William, Dundee, Leuchars and Stirling have al.so been updated.