Pendolino Coach G Conversion
The project to convert a First Class carriage to a Standard Class carriage on the 21 9-coach Pendolinos we operate is fully under way with the first batch of reconfigured sets now in use, and further sets being converted at a rate of one per week.
When the full program is complete in September 2015, we will have an extra 2,100 seats per day on our route, and a better balance between the provision of First Class to Standard seating particularly in the off-peak.
This investment was agreed as part of the Direct Award contract with the Government signed in 2014 and follows strong growth in passenger numbers under Virgin Trains stewardship of the West Coast Main Line. When it took over the franchise in 1997, Virgin Trains carried 14m passengers a year. Last year that increased to 34m, with growth on Anglo-Scottish services being particularly strong. In 2014 three times the number of people caught the train between Glasgow and London as five years earlier.