ThamesLink Class 700 Interior Styling

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.






 

National Express Group: Brand development

Working directly with the National Express Group and CHI & Partners, Schoenemann Design, having specialist experience and knowledge passenger rail vehicle design was commissioned to support the creative development of interior branding to ensure a successful integration with technical compliance, and implementation.

Optare Ltd: Alero Mini Bus and Excel Single Deck Bus

Optare Ltd: Alero mini bus

Interior design including design development, tooling  and productionisation. Particular involvement with floor type testing and the supply of production seats designed by Schoenemann Design.

Optare Ltd: Excel single deck bus

Mid life interior up-date which included the design of new ceiling system that incorporates indirect lighting, air ducting and grab pole fixings. Our brief also included the design and tooling for the drivers module and cross front.

Optare have continued the development with this design on later vehicles, including Solo, Versa and Tempo.