More standard seats as first class is converted

First Class carriages being converted to Standard on the Virgin Trains Pendolino fleet

First Class carriages being converted to Standard on the Virgin Trains Pendolino fleet

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The first Virgin Trains Pendolino to have one of its First Class carriages converted to Standard is now in service.

The train, which also received a major interior refresh and a deep clean as part of the work, marks 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 day, a net increase of 2,100.

Phil Whittingham, Managing Director at Virgin Trains, , who operate out of Preston train station, said: “Our main focus is always our customers and their needs.

“We have seen demand for our services increase significantly, with more than 34 million journeys made on our trains last year, something that we are very proud of.

“Converting these First Class carriages to Standard allows us to respond to requests from passengers for more seats on our busiest routes.”

He added: “We’ve also given our Pendolinos a well deserved spring clean and remain as committed as ever to improving the service we offer to our customers.”

The remaining 35 eleven-car Pendolinos will also undergo the major interior refresh and a deep clean with the full fleet completed by mid-2016.