Hi, the refurbished 450s on the Soton to Basingstoke to London line have new electrical sockets mounted on the wall.
This has reduced legroom, hurts when legs are up against them and cannot be accessed by anyone if the 2nd (1st in three seat rows) seat is occupied.
Why are they located on the wall so low down?
Why are they not flush with the wall?
Why aren't they between seats or higher up the wall?
Why do they need such a big mouting box?
Are they in line with crash safety standards?
Is this temporary?
GWR managed to locate them in a sensible position and they have USB points as well as Power sockets
The seats are narrow with the 3+2 and the window seats have the heater taking up floor space to make it worse. It wasn't too bad when you could put a foot up on the heater or just lean the leg over it but now that isn't really an option. The window seats are now much less comfortable as the leg has to angle away from the window and not straight ahead.
SWR are remaining silent on this issue as they are on most topics relating to train refurbishments. I suspect that everything is being done 'on the cheap' and passenger comfort is the last consideration on their minds. Unless I am proved to be wrong ?
Partly seems to be being done as cost effectively as possible but on all the new trains new fire regulation has killed seat padding. The seat plugs though is very random, the original proposal said USB power in chairback but this seems to have been silently removed.