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Rolling Stock: Standards

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she takes to ensure that passengers' seating comfort is taken into account in train design; and if she will make a statement. (201219)

The Department for Transport is working with the industry to develop a whole life cost model for evaluating the design of rail vehicles. Passenger seating comfort is one of the many factors within the model which recognises the significance of comfortable seating in encouraging the use of rail services. The model also balances the desire for spacious seating against the requirement to provide a sufficient number of seats.

During the procurement of the Intercity Express trains the Department will be working with passenger groups to assess the relative comfort of the various proposals for passenger seating.