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Trains take strain out of family trips; TRAVEL: Rail operator Virgin focuses on children during summer holidays.

Byline: Edward Stephens

VIRGIN Trains has been gearing up for an abundance of children travelling on their services from the Midlands this school holiday with a host of special facilities.

It says it wants to make journeys as fun as possible and ensure parents also have a hassle free trip.

The facilities will include: l VKids Corner: Located in the corners of platform waiting rooms includes a play table and wall panels.

The safe areas can be found at: Birmingham International (Platform 4 Waiting room), Wolverhampton (Platform 1 Waiting Room), Coventry (Platform 1 Waiting Room) and Euston (First Class Lounge).

l VKidz Bags: Containing an array of goodies, including an activity pack, pencil crayons and stickers to personalise them.

l Emergency Packs: Containing all parents needs including disposable nappies, nappy sacks, baby wipes, baby milk and disposable bibs, available in times of emergencies. lWeekend Upgrade: Families travelling on the weekend will be able to upgrade to First Class for pounds 15 per adult and pounds 5 per child (ages 5-16) direct with the train manager. Providing access to free Wi-Fi, bigger seats, more leg room, and complimentary refreshments including, on selected services until September 27, full English Breakfast.

Jim Rowe, Senior communications manager Virgin Trains, said: "We listened to our customers feedback and have created an extensive children's range. As more families avoid jetting away this summer and instead stay in the UK, it's more important than ever that we make the journey fun for all the family."
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Date:Aug 14, 2009
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