The UK’s First Pride Train Staffed Entirely By LGBTQ+ Crew Arrived In Manchester Today

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The UK’s First Pride Train Staffed Entirely By LGBTQ+ Crew Arrived In Manchester Today

Avanti West Coast has launched the UK’s first fully wrapped Pride train, staffed entirely by members of the LGBTQ+ community.

The UK’s very first, rainbow-covered Pride train set off from London this morning, later arriving at Manchester Piccadilly on its first official service.

Avanti West Coast were set to support various Pride events this year, but since they’ve been cancelled due to COVID-19, the train operator took celebrations into their own hands. In the most spectacular fashion, they’ve fully covered one of their trains with the most recent iteration of the Pride flag, which includes black, brown, light blue, pink and white, representing people of colour, transgender people and those living with or who have been lost to HIV/AIDS. The first official service was also staffed by an entirely LGBTQ+ crew.

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Avanti West Coast are wholeheartedly committed to diversity and inclusion, and wanted the train to represent everyone in the LGBTQ+ community.

The train is 11 carriages long, measuring in at 265 metres, and it certainly made a fabulous statement as it drove from London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly today (Tuesday, August 25).

The Pride train will become a permanent part of the Avanti West Coast fleet, and they’re offering the public the chance to name it. You can submit your suggestions on the Avanti West Coast website here.

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