Go-Ahead considers the COVID-compliant carriage

On-board hand-sanitiser dispensers, space-saving perch seats and under-seat storage areas are among the ideas under consideration by the Go-Ahead Group as it investigates passenger requirements in a post-COVID world.

The Go-Ahead Group, Britain’s largest rail operator, runs trains on Southeastern, Southern, Gatwick Express, Great Northern and Thameslink, through its subsidiary Govia. It has released a series of concept drawings of possible future train interiors.

The designs include non-touch doors and anti-microbial surface finishes, to reassure passengers concerned about hygiene.

Secure cabinets for folding bicycles and vertical racks for full-size bikes are also included, in response to an anticipated increase in environmentally aware travellers cycling to stations.

Other concepts include carriages that can be switched from ‘commuter mode’ to ‘leisure mode’, with sliding armrests that can allow separate seats to become family-friendly benches, as well as seats that can be folded away to create more luggage space.

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