A Refreshing Look for Virgin Trains East Coast
When Virgin Trains East Coast took over the east coast franchise in 2015 it made the decision to refurbish and rebrand its fleet of trains. One of the particular challenges facing Virgin Trains East Coast was to select a flooring that was aesthetically appealing, compliant with all fire and safety standards, whilst being hardwearing and easy to clean. Forbo Flooring has the widest portfolio of flooring products for rail therefore could easily tick all of the boxes required. With an innovative approach, the project was completed within 18 months from initial design conception to installation.
A total of 412 coaches, comprising of 30 nine car MKIV Electric sets and 15 nine car HST Desiel trains plus a number of spares vehicles underwent refurbished. The majority of the work on the electric fleet was undertaken and Bounds Green depot with the Desiel sets and some electric sets being done at Craigentinny depot.