Serco’s Caledonian Sleeper, the overnight train service between London and Scotland, has introduced new trains into operations.

The carriages have started operations on the Lowlander route between London and Glasgow/Edinburgh.

In the coming weeks, the trains will be introduced on the Highlander route between London and Aberdeen, Inverness and Fort William.

Serco managing director for Caledonian Sleeper Ryan Flaherty said: “Our new trains have been years in the making and to see them make their debut is a huge moment for everyone involved in making this dream a reality.

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“The overriding ambition has been to deliver on our vision of a Caledonian Sleeper service fit for today’s traveller.”

“The overriding ambition has been to deliver on our vision of a Caledonian Sleeper service fit for today’s traveller, one that combines the modern facilities people expect with that feeling of nostalgia that comes from long-distance railway travel.”

Serco acquired the train fleet for around £150m, which has been partly financed by the UK Government and Scottish ministers.

Developed by Spanish company CAF, the fleet is designed to meet the requirements of modern passengers.

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Various forms of accommodation are available on the trains, including Classic Rooms, Club Rooms, Caledonian Double and Accessible Rooms.

It also includes redesigned comfort seats with a personal locker, reading light and charging point with Wi-Fi services across the train.

Additionally, accommodations will be equipped with a hotel-style keycard entry system to ensure security.

Serco chief executive Rupert Soames said: “This is a proud and exciting moment for everyone who has been involved in bringing these new trains into service.

“It has been an incredibly complex project and this is the culmination of a huge effort and investment by all parties.”

In January, the Caledonian Sleeper trains completed their test run to London Euston.