Cornish sleeper train introduces duvets

Sleeper compartment
Image caption The sleeper travels between Penzance and London

First Great Western has replaced the traditional blanket and sheet combination with duvets for the first time.

The company, which operates a sleeper train from Penzance to London, said it had bought 1,000 duvets.

The move has been welcomed by George Eustice, the MP for Camborne and Redruth who is a regular user of the service.

The company said it had made the move after listening to customers.

'Boarding school'

Mr Eustice said: "We had sheets and blankets a bit like a boarding school on the sleeper train.

"A friend of mine said he had been on the sleeper train with duvets. I said I thought he had got that wrong, but sure enough when I got on the train last night we had duvets."

Vince Nichols, the depot manager at Penzance railway station, said the blankets and sheets would be donated to a local charity.

He said: "We will be getting them all cleaned and they will probably go to a charity where they can be distributed to needy people."

The Night Riviera sleeper travels between Penzance and London six nights a week.

It leaves Penzance at about 21:30, arriving at London Paddington at about 05:30 the following morning.

It stops off at towns in Cornwall and Devon, including Plymouth and Exeter.

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