Caledonian sleeper train franchise improvements outlined
- 16 August 2013
- From the section Scotland business
Rail companies competing for the Caledonian sleeper franchise have been told the service must be "emblematic of the best of Scotland".
The tender document outlines a series of improvements to be made on board.
They include the introduction of en suite lavatories in business class berths, new wi-fi facilities, and improved security.
Bidders have been asked to provide showers for all sleeper passengers at key stations.
They will also consider whether it would be practical to introduce on-board showers.
Transport minister, Keith Brown MSP, said: "The Scottish Government is reinforcing its commitment to the sleeper, and underlining this with investment in the rolling stock to transform the service, support for a fifteen year contract, and key improvements like wi-fi throughout the train with booster equipment to maximise signal strength.
"I believe the improved specification in the invitation to tender to be issued to bidders will secure a transformed future for the Caledonian Sleeper and deliver a new and enhanced service emblematic of the very best of Scotland."
Three firms are in the running to take over the operation of the Caledonian Sleeper service next summer.
Aberdeen-based First Group, which already runs the service, is facing competition from Arriva Night Trains and Serco.
The sleeper service connects Inverness, Fort William, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow with London.