Close collaboration between Siemen’s engineering team and ourselves, has ensured that the Class 700 train has a striking unique identity.
Careful consideration has been taken into account regarding the functionality of the cab. Splits have been carefully designed to ensure easy cleaning, preserve appearance in service and facilitate maintenance requests, whilst still supporting the visual dynamic of the train.
A contemporary exterior design, achieving an image and character uniquely identifiable as modern, efficient and desirable. The livery has been specially designed to reduce costs in livery application during the vehicle’s life cycle. This has been achieved by reducing the space available for all future operators to apply their brand’s requirements. Doing so ensures that the vehicle can be easily recognised as a class 700 Thameslink fleet.
For the class 700 we designed a new series of universal signs that met legal requirements as dictated in the document BS 5499-1, ATOC AV/ST 9005 and PRM TSI requirements.
A multi lingual, minimalist style was used to create clear and concise graphics for passengers on board.
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.
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.
We developed a range of seat fabrics options with Holdsworth for the Thameslink train. Utilising cut and uncut moquette to increase the strength and durability of the seat options whilst also creating a contemporary feel and aesthetically pleasing design and texture.