Bosses say the new operator of West Coast Main Line trains will bring “a host of improvements” for passengers.

Avanti West Coast took over the franchise for the line – which runs through Lichfield Trent Valley – from Virgin Trains at the weekend.

The new operator was formed from a partnership between FirstGroup and Trenitalia.

The company has already promised that all of the 56 Pendolino trains will be completely refurbished, with the inclusion of power sockets for all passengers.

Orazio Iacono, managing director of Trenitalia, said:

“We’re honoured to begin operating intercity services on the West Coast Main Line that will bring a host of improvements for the millions of people who use it every year.

“The name Avanti was chosen to represent our values and recognises our ten-year experience in the high speed in Italy with 350 million passengers.

“Quality, dynamism, innovation and future – this is what we want to guarantee for the West Coast main line service.”

Orazio Iacono, Trenitalia managing director


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