New Hitachi Interior Designed With Pedal Powered Traveller Appeal
For its new class 800/801 series train, Hitachi Rail has risen to the challenge of accommodating the differing needs of rail passengers, including 'pedal powered' commuters and travellers.
Working in close cooperation with its design and production partners, the result has been the development of a PRM-TSI compliant, lightweight storage unit for bicycles throughout the train, located close to passenger seated areas.
In the UK, these new Hitachi Class 800/801 trains will be replacing existing high speed trains as part of the latest Intercity Express Programme (IEP).
The original concept for the new class 800/801 series train was, to design spacious new passenger carriage interiors, including convenient bike storage facilities. Right at this early concept stage, Hitachi also brought in Lyndon Newman, Engineering Director of TRB Lightweight Structures and his team.
The role of TRB was to evaluate the design and provide a cost effective method of manufacturing the bike storage unit to meet all technical specifications and rail standards, and to comply with PRM (persons of reduced mobility) passenger needs.
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