Virgin Trains injects extra style into First Class travel with lounge makeover at Newcastle
* First of eight First Class Lounges given Virgin treatment, doubling capacity
* New space to meet, work and unwind in stylish environment
* Follows 6% increase in First Class passenger numbers over last year
A new look First Class Lounge has been opened at Newcastle Central Station today as Virgin Trains continues to give its east coast route a makeover.
Eight lounges between London and Edinburgh have been given the Virgin treatment, doubling the seating capacity and providing more options to hold meetings, work and unwind in a stylish environment.
Newcastle is the first newly refurbished lounge to open on the route, and the other seven will follow in the next few weeks.
A splash of red has been introduced into the innovative lounge designs, which include new meeting points, desks for customers to work at and relaxation spots to unwind. Free wifi and powerpoints have been provided throughout, along with soft drinks, snacks and newspapers.
Newcastle now has room to comfortably host 68 customers – more than three times the previous figure – and the investment will help Virgin Trains drive further growth in First Class travel among business people who can prepare for meetings onboard and leisure passengers treating themselves to a luxury journey.