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Last Updated: Monday, 6 October, 2003, 17:51 GMT 18:51 UK
Queen to unveil new train fleet
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Passengers will benefit from brand new interiors
A multi-million pound fleet of new trains to be used on the East Coast Main Line is to be inaugurated by the Queen.

The Queen will perform the ceremony 12 years after she launched the original rolling stock.

Together with the Duke of Edinburgh, she will be at King's Cross station in London on 9 October to launch the first of the new-look trains for GNER.

The train redesign and rebuild is part of a 30m investment that will transform the interiors of all 302 carriages in GNER's electric 225 fleet.

During their 45-minute visit, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will meet GNER staff based at stations across the route, including Newcastle, York and Edinburgh.

GNER chief executive Christopher Garnett said: "The Queen launched the fleet in 1991 and we are thrilled that she should return to see their transformation into stylish new trains fit for the 21st century.

"It promises to be a very special day for GNER, rail passengers and the whole rail industry."

Also present at the ceremonial launch will be Transport Minister Kim Howells.

GNER's new carriage interiors are designed to set a new standard in comfort and reliability for passengers, and to provide a better working environment for its busy on-train crews.

The transformed trains will enter passenger service on a rolling basis from the end of October.

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