Master Cutler brings an extra touch of class to rail station

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MASTER Cutler Bill Speirs has officially opened a new first class lounge on platform five of Sheffield railway station.

It is the first time that such a lounge, which provides free refreshments, newspapers and wireless internet access for first class ticket-holders, has been available at the station, which is run by East Midlands Trains.

David Horne, commercial and customer service director for East Midlands Trains, said: "With the roll-out of faster journeys and twice-hourly services, we have demonstrated our determination to provide the best possible service for train passengers between Sheffield and London.

"This new first class lounge raises the facilities for business travellers even further and completes our programme to provide first class lounges at all of our major city stations.

"As well as providing a new dedicated first class facility, we're also in the process of refurbishing all of the waiting rooms and toilet facilities at Sheffield, so all passengers using the station will benefit from this significant investment programme."

After opening the lounge, Mr Speirs travelled on the 7.27am train to London, known as the Master Cutler service.

He said: "The new first class lounge is a great initiative as it will allow businessmen to continue to work while travelling and reduce the stress involved."