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Avanti West Coast Pride Train – with all LGBTQ+ staff – arrives at Manchester Piccadilly, The Manc

Avanti West Coast Pride Train – with all LGBTQ+ staff – arrives at Manchester Piccadilly

Wrapped in the Pride flag, this Pendolino made history when it departed London Euston just after 9:25am – becoming the first Avanti train to sport the famous rainbow colours.
Avanti West Coast Pride Train – with all LGBTQ+ staff – arrives at Manchester Piccadilly, The Manc
Avanti West Coast

An incredible multicoloured train pulled into Manchester on Tuesday (25 August) – signalling the arrival of the first ever Pride Train staffed entirely by an LGBTQ+ crew. 

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Public transport operator Avanti West Coast launched the service in a bid to support LGBTQ+ groups following the cancellation of many key events in the community – including Pride Festival in Manchester.

Wrapped in the multicoloured Pride flag, the train made history when it departed London Euston just after 9:25am – becoming the first Avanti Pendolino to sport the famous rainbow colours.

The 11-carriage, 265 metre-long train – which was designed to promote diversity and create a ‘Pride experience’ – completed its journey at Manchester Piccadilly just after 11am.

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Avanti West Coast Executive Director of Commercial, Sarah Copley, said: “I’m delighted to be launching our new Avanti West Coast Pride Train which represents everyone in the LGBTQ+ community.

“It is a symbol of our commitment to diversity and inclusion as it travels up and down the West Coast Main Line. We Live Proud 365 days a year, not just today.

“I am so proud to be a part of a business where our people represent the communities we serve. We are always listening to our people and customers to ensure our diversity and inclusion strategy is relevant.

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“Our new train livery is a powerful example of keeping the conversation going”.

Watch the full video of the Pride Train arriving at Piccadilly online.

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