Transport Scotland is detailing the requirements for bidders for the new franchise to operate the Caledonian Sleeper – with the objective of transforming it into a travel experience to equal the world’s best rail-journeys.
Among other things, the department is talking about ensuite loos, station-based shower facilities, seriously upgraded onboard catering and wifi. [Why have ensuite loos though, and leave showering to a chilly dash across a bleak and windy station platform?]
What about some new rolling stock?
A route like the Caledonian’s just has to have upper level observation cars. How fabulous would that be? Why not? In the summer months we get so many hours of daylight that early rising to an observation car on this run would be richly rewarded.
This is a genuinely exciting development and Transport Scotland are to be congratulated and encouraged. If this is really well done, it would offer so much more to those who already use the service and build a new market purely for the calibre and pleasure of the experience it could provide.