Caledonian Sleeper: voice of new trains
Guests travelling on the new Caledonian Sleeper will soon be woken by one of Scotland’s most familiar voices.
Scottish comedian, television presenter and writer Susan Calman, who is regular panellist on a number of BBC Radio 4 shows including The News Quiz and I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, is also a keen user of the overnight ‘hotel’ trains.
Susan, who will voice all scheduled announcements, is a frequent guest on board and a huge advocate of sleeper travel. During her time on BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing last year, she even filmed on the train as part of the show.
She said: “I spend almost as much time on the Caledonian Sleeper as I do in my own house and so it was a great pleasure to give voice to the new trains. I look forward to being woken up by myself. Although it might give me a fright occasionally.”
The new Caledonian Sleeper trains will be introduced by Serco at the end of May and for the first time will include rooms with double beds and en-suite toilet and showers.
Ryan Flaherty, managing director at Caledonian Sleeper, said: “Susan is the perfect fit as the voice of Caledonian Sleeper. Like us, she has a real sense of adventure and is completely at home travelling around Scotland.
“Our ambition with our new trains is to deliver a timeless experience for guests and I know Susan is thrilled to be part of such a huge change to the service. We’re firmly on the final countdown now and I cannot wait for guests to step on board and see the new Caledonian Sleeper for the first time.”
The new fleet, built at a cost of over £100m and part funded by a capital grant from the Scottish government, has been designed to accommodate the modern-day traveller and cater to both business and leisure travel guests.
Other new features will be included, such as a hotel-style key card entry system, more accessible rooms, charging panels and WiFi throughout the train.
The trains will initially be introduced on the Lowlander route between Glasgow / Edinburgh and London before being rolled out onto the Highlander which serves Fort William, Aberdeen and Inverness.
Passengers will be keen to compare prices with air travel. Prices for Comfort Seats start from £45, Classic Rooms from £140 for Solo or £170 for Shared, Club Rooms from £205 for Solo and £250 for Shared and Caledonian Doubles from £335 for Solo and £400 for Shared. Various Railcard discounts may also apply.