The first Virgin Trains Pendolino with a First Class carriage converted to Standard is now in service - the first of the 21 nine-car Pendolinos to have a carriage converted. When finished, the project will create an extra 5,500 standard class seats, a net increase of 2,100.
The work is taking place at Alstom’s Oxley depot in Wolverhampton, with all trains due to be converted by September 2015.
Each of the nine-car Pendolinos will also receive a major interior refresh and a deep clean when the conversion takes place. After the nine-car trains have been upgraded, the remaining 35 11-car Pendolinos will also undergo the interior refresh and cleaning, with the full Pendolino fleet completed by mid-2016.
- For more on this story, read RAIL 773, published on April 29