The first carriages from the new £100m fleet of Caledonian Sleeper trains have arrived in the UK ahead of their introduction to service later this year.

Starting in October, the overnight rail service will begin to be transformed as 75 new carriages are introduced in a phased transition.

A total of five carriages will start extensive testing over the coming months and will be fitted out internally following testing.

The introduction of new trains will be the culmination of a wide range of improvements and investment in Caledonian Sleeper since Serco took over the franchise on behalf of the Scottish Government in April 2015. These have had a dramatic impact on the service and after years of decline in patronage, the number of customer journeys has increased by 21%.

With the countdown on to the introduction of the new trains – which will initially debut on the ‘Lowlander’ route between London and Glasgow/Edinburgh – the company has announced that tickets will be made available from next month on

The new trains are currently being constructed by CAF in Spain, at a cost of over £100m, part funded by a capital grant from Scottish Ministers of £60m. They will be the first sleeper trains to be introduced to the UK for more than 35 years.

New features will also be included, such as a hotel-style key card entry system, more accessible rooms, charging panels and Wi-Fi throughout the train.

Ticket prices start from £45 for Comfort Seat, £85 for Classic Rooms, £125 for Club rooms and from £200 for Suites.

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