February 10, 2015

Serco and CAF sign Caledonian Sleeper contract

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The new coaches will replace Mk2 and Mk3 vehicles currently used on these services. The new coaches will replace Mk2 and Mk3 vehicles currently used on these services. Robin Ralston

CAF announced on February 10 that it has concluded a £150m contract with Serco Caledonian Sleepers to supply 75 coaches of five different types for use on overnight services from London to Fort William, Inverness, and Aberdeen.

The vehicles will be formed into four sets of 16 coaches with 11 spare vehicles.

Caledonian Sleepers will offer various types of accommodation including en-suite berths, standard berths, standard seats, and pod flatbeds. Each rake will also include a brasserie-style Club Car.

The order is being financed by Caledonian Sleepers Rail Leasing, a subsidiary of Lombard North Central, which is part of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group, with the aid of a £60m grant from the Scottish government.

Serco was awarded a 15-year contract by Transport Scotland last May to operate the Caledonian Sleeper franchise from April this year. The new CAF coaches will enter service in April 2018.

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