SEARCH IN BRIEF

 
Arup says ‘air trains’ could create 40% more space for UK commuters

A train in which seats are deflated in the rush hour to make more room for passengers to stand has been designed for Network Rail as a solution for overcrowding on busy commuter lines.

During the rush hour the new retractable seats could create as much as one and a half carriages of extra standing space on a four carriage train.

The ‘air train’ could be a reality by 2020, according to Arup, the design and engineering consultancy behind the project.

The space-saving design has been likened to a ‘bouncy castle’ by the designers, who say it will have 40 per cent more space for people than on current trains.

 

Blueprints for the trains have been entered into the Tomorrow’s Train Design Today competition and are being given serious consideration.

IN BRIEF
Friday 22 April 2016
The 100-year life: the role of housing, planning and design
Wed 18 Jul 2018
BDP APPOINTS THREE PRINCIPALS
Thu 05 Jul 2018
First ever Architecture Apprenticeships approved
Wed 04 Jul 2018
Eva Franch i Gilabert prepares to lead The Architectural Association
Mon 25 Jun 2018
Frank McGoldrick to lead Aedas’ operations in Europe
Wed 20 Jun 2018
Right to Build Task Force announces five free days of support for organisations working to deliver new community-led housing
Fri 08 Jun 2018
Darling Associates expands northwards with the acquisition of specialist practice Architect-CT
Mon 04 Jun 2018
Will Alsop 1947- 2018
Mon 14 May 2018