Flexible travel

Design and innovation company Seymourpowell has revealed its recent conceptual work with Go-Ahead and rolling stock company Angel Trains, creating a ‘post-Covid’ rail interior with a flexible passenger experience in mind


The team developed concepts to provoke debate about how train interiors of the future should be designed. At the core of each of these concepts is flexibility, providing an environment that effectively adapts to different passenger needs.

The designs feature adjustable seating, fold-out space for laptops and standing-desk spaces. Critically, these spaces can provide high-capacity seating but also be sold as expanded workspaces during off-peak travel times, championing a new flexible approach to work.

Addressing consumers’ heightened anxieties around existing train environments, the concept also demonstrates the installation of permanent hand sanitiser dispensers, antimicrobial finishes, and touchless doors.