Cattle-class: are Thameslink's new 'tube-style' trains the future of commuting?

Cattle-class: are Thameslink's new 'tube-style' trains the future of commuting?

As the UK south-east’s 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?

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.

You can understand the frustration if people are forced onto a mobile sardine tin for over an hour to get to work

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Source: Guardian Transport

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