New first class lounge opens at Doncaster train station

A new-look First Class Lounge has been opened at Doncaster train station, as a rail firm continues its makeover plans.

Thursday, 7th April 2016, 1:00 pm
Cllr Bill Mordue, Cabinet member for business, skills, tourism and culture at Doncaster Council, with Virgin Trains General Manager Maxine Joicey and Simon Pashley, Station Manager. Copyright: Charlotte Graham - Guzelian

The lounge at Doncaster station is the latest of eight lounges along the East Coast line, between London and Edinburgh, which have been refurbished by Virgin Trains.

The seating capacity in each lounge has doubled, providing more options to hold meetings, work and unwind in a stylish environment. A splash of red has been introduced into the design, which include new meeting points, desks for customers to work at and relaxation spots to unwind. Free Wi-Fi and PowerPoints have also been provided throughout, along with soft drinks, snacks and newspapers.

Doncaster’s new lounge has space for 30 commuters, almost double than the previous number of 16 customers.

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The investment will help Virgin Trains drive further growth in First Class travel among business people who can prepare for meetings on-board and leisure passengers treating themselves to a luxury journey.

The latest improvements come after Virgin Trains embarked on a £21m refurbishment of its trains, including putting leather seat covers in First Class.

Dan Fell, CEO of Doncaster Chamber, said: “The continuing buzz around investment in Doncaster is further endorsed by Virgin Trains choosing to refurbish the first class lounge at the station. This investment will further enhance options for travel to and from Doncaster as either a business or leisure commuter.”

Maxine Joicey, General Manager for Virgin Trains, said: “This fantastic new look lounge at Doncaster station is the latest investment that will help us lift the experience for our First Class customers.

“We know that being able to relax ahead of a journey or prepare for that key business meeting is one of the things that our customers really value. We’re confident that providing some Virgin style to these lounges will help us to meet this increasing demand for First Class travel.”