The RSSB (Rail Safety and Standards Board) is calling on the rail industry to develop “a more scientific approach” to measuring and specifying comfort in train seating, following criticism of seating on a number of new train fleets.
New research proposed by the RSSB aims to develop a more sophisticated approach to understanding comfort, including the shape of the seat, cushioning, material choice, lumbar support, vibration, legroom, journey length and other aspects.
The aim is to develop a seat comfort specification for manufacturers with a set of minimum requirements which would allow comfort to be considered as an essential feature.
RSSB Senior Human Factors Specialist Jordan Smith said: “There simply aren’t any reliable industry-approved measures to quantify passenger train seat comfort - they don’t exist.
“The rail industry wants us to challenge that, by exploring the potential of a new specification which takes full account of the complexity of the human factors involved, and allows owners, suppliers and government procurement teams to efficiently specify and deliver seating in line with passenger comfort.”