To help tackle the issue of crowding on trains, PriestmanGoode has developed two new seat designs to maximise passenger capacity and comfort.
The project funded by RSSB as part of its Tomorrow’s Train Design Today programme, produced two seating solutions named Horizon and Island Bay, both of which can be installed on new or existing trains and trams - boosting capacity on carriages by up to 30 per cent.
Horizon allows between 20-30 per cent more seats per carriage (based on a typical commuter train), as well as increased standing space with passengers sitting in a more upright position. The seats are staggered, providing passengers with more shoulder space and increased sense of personal space.
Island Bay is a flexible seating solution providing regular seats during off-peak, with a high density configuration during peak hours resulting in up to 15-20 per cent more seats and increased standing capacity. The folding seat allows more passengers into a smaller area with the addition of the table also turning into a seat.
If taken up by the industry the new designs could be incorporated into existing commuter trains within a year.