The franchise requirement for these 10 car trains is to have 546 seats and 673 standing (total capacity 1219 including toilets and one class only) compared to 1182 for the Class 707s. The solo seats on the 707s are very popular as you have more room although in all cases legroom is much tighter than in a Desiro. It is therefore important that these new trains are not seen as providing even less comfortable seating than the new ones they will replace. When will SWR share their thoughts on the proposed interior layouts, display mock ups and consult us on the options ?
So these are the new trains? Like the seats facing forwards/bkwards so I can look out of the window but can't deal with the really really hard seats for my 30-40 minute commute. It hurts and I feel the effects up to 2-3 days later. What can be done please?
Will the 701s feature folding tables behind the seats ?