Innovatively for a multiple unit train operating in the UK, the driver is centrally positioned in the cab. This allows the opportunity for an instrument layout that takes account of ergonomic and human factor requirements (accessible for those within the 5th percentile female to 95th percentile male range) more fully than is usually possible and also has great advantages for driver visibility. The cab design recognises the crucial importance of the driver in service delivery by ensuring controls are logically zoned for use, do not obstruct or obstruct one another and are within easy access. Interactive diagnostic screens provide the driver with real time information on train status and operation for system interrogation and control, while banked CCTV screens insure safe and efficient platform departure. This modern, crashworthy, wide view, ergonomic cab environment will therefore promote greater levels of efficiency in driving, energy consumption, dwell time management, journey time maintenance, train failure management, passenger safety, passenger communications and personal driver safety.
The construction process of a full size mock up in Germany. As we were involved in the interior design we over viewed the construction process of the mock up. The mock featured various working units including the lights, multiple switches and controls. The mock up also proved useful for testing out the signs and notices, which can be seen in a separate case study.
With safe, light and spacious interiors, passenger focused information systems and optimised access for passengers, the Class 700 provides comfortable travel and an enjoyable journey experience. Looking at the needs of the operators, carefully designed canti-lever units have been used resulting in a flexible interior, which can easily be adapted to meet their demands.
Canti-levered seats from the body side allow for unobstructed floor space so passengers can place small items of luggage underneath if they prefer and also makes cleaning much more efficient. The slim seats allow for a tighter pitch maximising the seat numbers per carriage and the seat back grab handles providing an ergonomic hand hold, ideal for passengers stood in the centre of the aisle during peak times.
The vestibules have been designed to direct passenger flow at times of peak demand, optimising ingress and egress times. At the centre of each vestibule is a ‘totem’ providing additional hand holds for standing passengers and is angled in a certain manner to direct passenger flow.
Another key features is the open and unobstructed inter vehicle gangway allowing rapid transit between carriages. In peak demand the gangway can also acts as a vestibule providing passengers with a handhold in a clean and comfortable environment.
The luggage stack has been crafted to integrate with the draught screen, reducing structural complexity and maintaining the design aesthetic carried throughout the interior.
We have strived to create an open and calming environment for passengers whilst designing a flexible interior for operators that can be catered towards their needs.