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First Class Lounge makeover for Edinburgh Waverley

Published: 4 Apr 2016

Following a complete makeover, the new Virgin Trains and Caledonian Sleeper First Class Lounge at Edinburgh Waverley was opened today by Hearts director Ann Budge.

The highly regarded businesswoman was one of the first to sample the new-look Lounge, which provides guests with a stylish environment to hold meetings, work, recharge and refresh.

New meeting points, shower facilities, desks for customers to work at and relaxation spots to unwind have been incorporated into the innovative design. Free wifi and power points have been provided throughout, along with soft drinks, snacks and newspapers.

Ryan Flaherty, Caledonian Sleeper's Guest Services Director said:  "The completely refurbished facilities will provide a greatly enhanced experience for Caledonian Sleeper guests arriving into and departing from the Capital, with the new shower facilities giving our guests the best possible start to the day.

“We are delighted to have worked with our colleagues at Virgin on the redesign and with the resulting success of this project, delivering a tangible benefit for our guests in advance of our new rolling stock being introduced in 2018."

The investment will help drive further growth in First Class travel among business people who can prepare for meetings onboard and leisure passengers treating themselves to a luxury journey.

David Horne, Virgin Trains’ managing director for the east coast route, added: “This is the latest investment that will help us lift the experience for our First Class customers.

“We know that being able to relax ahead of a journey or prepare for that key business meeting is one of the things that our customers really value. We’re confident that providing some Virgin style to these Lounges will help us to meet this increasing demand for First Class travel.”