Hearts chief Ann Budge opens new Waverley lounge

Ann Budge and David Horne, managing director of Virgin Trains East coast route. Pic: Jon Savage
Ann Budge and David Horne, managing director of Virgin Trains East coast route. Pic: Jon Savage
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HEARTS owner Ann Budge has opened Virgin Trains’ first-class lounge at Edinburgh Waverley following a revamp.

The businesswoman was one of the first to sample the facility, which provides an environment for meetings, work and relaxation before train journeys begin.

Virgin has undertaken a major overhaul of eight lounges on its east coast network.

The improvements will double seating capacity after first-class travel on the route grew by 6 per cent.

Refurbishment of the Edinburgh lounge has been carried out with the help of Caledonian Sleeper, and customers of both operators will benefit.

Ms Budge said: “I’m delighted to have been asked to open Virgin Trains’ refurbished First Class Lounge.

“It is vital that Edinburgh continues to attract businesspeople to the Capital.”