Chairman Pip's Railway Thoughts

You’re right Jo

Posted in Customer service, Great Britain, London, Metro, Rolling stock by Chairman Pip on 10 June 2011

I treated a friend of mine to lunch yesterday (a rarity, but that’s another story :P). This is the same one whose honeymoon last year was disrupted by the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull. She’s now gone on maternity leave and is in the process of catching up with people and things before she pops. As she won’t be at work for the next nine months, she likely won’t be renewing her Travelcard for a while, and so decided to use the cheapest option to get from where she lives (in Croydon) to where we were meeting up (Fulham Broadway), which involved getting the Tramlink from East Croydon to Wimbledon, then changing onto the District line. While we were chatting over lunch about this and that, we were discussing means of transporting the papoose, and she said how useful using the baby carrier is, especially when you’re using public transport, as it takes up so much less room than a perambulator. But she went on that a pram is equally useful as a space to store stuff that you might otherwise have to carry (including baby if you’re getting tired). After we parted, I got to thinking about what she said, and how public transport could be affected, particularly in relation to the new light rail systems springing up. Of course, new tram stops are designed to be accessible for wheelchairs users (which is useful for people with prams and buggies), but it is the vehicles that are interesting to note, as a number of the tram vehicles currently used in the UK are not 100% level floor (i.e. the interior is at a uniform height all the way along the vehicle). The CR4000, Supertram and T-69 all have high floor sections within the vehicle, whereas the AT6/5 and Manchester Metrolink’s stock are at a uniform height. So why is this? By having the floor at a single height, it increases the amount of room that people in wheelchairs and with babies in prams have, while potentially also increasing the amount of standing space available.

The CR4000 is about 65% low floor - how much better if it were 100% low floor?


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