Thursday, 19 December 2013

A Train of Thought

Merseyrail want YOU.

Don't get all excited; they're not in the market for a new Chief Exec or anything.  No, Merseyrail are touting for public opinion about their trains.  A consultation has been launched to find out what people want from their trains when they get refurbished next year.

I didn't even realise they were getting refurbished, so this is quite exciting news.  I thought we'd have to continue with what we had until the new trains arrived, somewhere around the turn of the next century.  They're concentrating on five areas:
  • Seats
  • Internal walls
  • Doors
  • Fixtures (for example, bins)
  • Signage
Cosmetic details, perhaps, but it's nice that they're asking.  I was pretty pleased with the last refurb - the one that gave us the purple and yellow interiors - and it was a vast improvement over their 1970s yellow and green predecessors.  Some bins would be handy, because it's quite depressing spending the whole trip back from Chester next to a Wotsits packet.  Doors between carriages on a strong hinge would be good too, so that people passing from one car to the next don't leave it open and banging for the rest of the journey.

I have drawn up a more detailed plan for the refurbishment, which Maaaaaaarten  Spaaaaaargaren is welcome to contact me about any time (click for a better view):

Key features of the new look Merseyrail train:
  1. Private, locked cabin at the front of the train for my own personal use;
  2. Russell Tovey serving champagne;
  3. Me, on a throne;
  4. All the other passengers in a walled off section at the back.
I look forward to hearing from you, Merseyrail.

If you have any ideas of your own, you can send them to Merseyrail here.  Though obviously they won't be as good as mine.


Anonymous said...

An alarm that goes off to warn you a speccy has just got onboard would be helpful.

Scott Willison said...

A Spectrum 48k home computer?

Anonymous said...

RPO! And anyway a Commodore 64 was by far superior.

Dan said...

More fold away seats might come in handy. I always felt bad travelling to Ellesmere Port every day taking the last available bike space when a girl would get on at Birkenhead Central and have to hold her bike by the door for the duration.

Scott Willison said...

"The Commodore 64 was by far superior"?