Somewhere amid the strikes, cancellations and fury over Southern rail owners staggering profits, a new kind of train slipped quietly onto the lines in the south-east of England this summer. It has been talked up as the future of commuting; a way of easing the overcrowding woes of all those unhappy souls crammed into London-bound carriages each day. But this future still involves the struggle to find a seat “ let alone a table. [From Richard Buckby]
As the UK south-easts rail nightmare continues, a new class of commuter trains has been quietly revealed “ long, metro-style carriages without tables, built to accommodate as many standing passengers as possible. Is this the new normal?