New solution to help social distancing
With rail operators facing the challenge of re-starting commuter services, whilst operating with reduced passenger capacity – as low as 10% in some instances – to observe social distancing, PriestmanGoode has identified a new way to put the blocked-off seating to good use. We’ve taken a new look at our ‘Island Bay’ seat, which was originally part of the Tomorrow’s Train Design Today challenge funded by RSSB and was designed to increase capacity by 15-20% per carriage in a standard commuter train. In order to address the new challenges we are facing, we have adapted the seats so that they could be used to store bicycles instead. This makes better use of blocked-off seating on commuter trains, and also addresses the concerns commuters may have about their onward journeys either on underground or bus services which also have capacity constraints and where social distancing is harder to enforce. The role of design is to solve problems and improve the overall experience of customers. In challenging times such as these, design must also adapt quickly to respond to those evolving needs.