A Pride train has been launched by Avanti West Coast that will be staffed by an all-LGBT+ crew.

The company, which operates on routes from London to Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Wales and Scotland, unveiled the train on Tuesday, two months after the end of Pride Month – which is actually comparatively timely for a British train operator.

The rail company has decked out one of its Pendolinos with what it says is “the biggest Pride flag the UK has seen on the side of a train”.

Pride train will be staffed by all-LGBT+ crew and filled with educational resources.
The train’s design incorporates all the colours of the progress Pride flag, making a poignant statement about the inclusion of trans people and people of colour in the LGBT+ community.

The 11-carriage, 265 metre-long train was waved off for its maiden journey by Avanti West Coast staff at London Euston on Tuesday, with the train “filled with literature, stories and colourful posters and will feature Pride related information and fun facts during the onboard announcements”.

Train manager, Paul Austin, said: “This is about being accepted for who I am and representing the LGBT+ community we serve across our network.

“Being a part of the UK’s first all LGBT+ crew is a sign of the steps we’re taking towards a more inclusive, diverse and equal society and I am so proud to be involved today.”

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