Virgin East Coast Has Killed The Quiet Coach (But Only in First Class)

By Tom Pritchard on at

If you're lucky (or rich) enough to be able to buy first class train tickets, you may want to think twice about travelling on Virgin East Coast without a decent pair of noise cancelling headphones. The company has just announced that it's pulling quiet carriages from the first class service from May, so it might get a little rowdy.

It's not the first train company to do this, though. CrossCountry's Voyager trains don't have quiet carriages, and neither do First Great Western's first class carriages. Apparently only nine per cent of people admitted to appreciating the first class quiet carriages, while a larger, unspecified, number of people liked first class's "chilled-out vibes" as a whole.

"So, across all services from the 20 May 2018, First Class will no longer have its quiet coaches. This will give you more flexible space and greater freedom."

While the high price of train tickets in general is likely to keep the first class carriages pretty empty, if you want the peace a quiet carriage is supposed to offer then you'll have to head to the standard class seats. The quiet carriages will still be there for those of us who aren't Bitcoin millionaires, though it's not like people pay attention to the whole 'no electronics' rule anyway. Certainly not when it gets busy. [York Press]

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