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Avanti West Coast announces the name of its new Pride Train – Progress

Progress is the name of Avanti West Coast’s Pride Train, which is now in regular service across the West Coast Mainline.

Announced on national ‘Coming Out Day’, the name was chosen as part of a competition calling on members of the public to submit suggestions to give the train an identity.

The competition was announced at the inaugural journey of the inter-city rail operator’s Pride Train in August where the 11-carriage, 265 metre-long Pride train was launched by a full LGBTQ+ crew with a service from London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly.


Over 1,500 entries were received, many suggesting the name Progress for the nation’s first fully wrapped Pride train which is covered head-to-toe in the colours of the Progressive Pride flag.

Edward Hitchon Godfrey has been named as the winner after his powerful submission suggesting the name Progress outlined how the introduction of Pride Trains helped him to come out.

Edward Hitchon Godfrey said: “As a young engineer entering the rail industry five years ago, I was struck by the stark contrast between a relatively progressive industry on the surface and the sometimes intolerant views expressed in the background.

“Trainbows, Pride Trains and events gave me – a closeted bisexual man – the feeling of support within the industry I love, to come out at work, and to challenge prejudiced views. Winning this competition has solidi-fied my sense of belonging and given a real boost to my confidence in my identity. To me, the name Progress embodies both a celebration of where we have got to as an industry and as a society, and a recognition that we’re not there yet – that there’s still work to be done.”

Discussing how the winning name was chosen, Avanti West Coast Executive Director – Commercial, Sarah Copley said: “I’m delighted that the name Progress was chosen for the Pride Train. Within a day of the competition launching, an online campaign was started calling for the livery to be called Progress, highlighting the wider LGBTQ+ community’s love of the Pride Train and recognition of the progress we are making around diversity and inclusion. Of the 1,500 hundred entries submitted, hundreds suggested the name Progress so it was a clear choice for the judging panel who were very touched by Edward’s story.

“We constantly listen to our people, our customers, and the communities we serve to ensure our diversity and inclusion strategy is relevant. Progress is a symbol of Avanti West Coast’s commitment to live proud and support Pride 365 days a year.”

With a strong focus on LGBTQ+ education, Progress features Pride related information and fun facts during the onboard announcements and is now in regular service along the West Coast Mainline.


Photo credit: Avanti West Coast

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