Virgin’s Pendolino trains are to receive a major kitchen and catering upgrade after rail developer Alstom was awarded a £10m contract to modernise the entire fleet.
The contract includes the refurbishment of the interiors, bar, kitchen facilities and toilets of 56 trains and will be undertaken at two Alstom Traincare Centres in Wolverhampton and Manchester.
All catering equipment, including chillers, is being replaced, alongside strategic modifications to the kitchen layout to facilitate cleaning.
The kitchen design, which was developed by the Alstom team with Virgin, is intended to offer improved service to passengers, while making it easier to clean and to recycle waste.
The company did not say whether specialist kitchen installers would be brought in to manage the fit-outs, but it did confirm it expected the programme of works to take eight months to complete.
Tim Bentley, managing director, mainline, at Alstom UK, said: “This project represents an opportunity for Alstom to improve the Pendolino experience for all of Virgin’s customers and I’m sure that everyone will see a real difference to their journey.”
The kit being modernised is on trains that have been running from London to Birmingham or to Glasgow for more than 10 years. Around 20 million passengers travel on the two lines each year.
The works will be performed without impact on train availability following the recent completion of the third heavy engineering overhaul of the entire UK Pendolino fleet.