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Seats on HS2 trains need to be bigger for oversized Britons

HS2The operations director for the new UK High Speed Two train service says seats will need to be bigger to accommodate 21st century Britons. At a presentation presided over by Chris Rayner, he said HS2 seats would need to be wider and bigger to accommodate heavier and obese passengers.

He carried on by saying that the average Brit was also taller nowadays and seats would need to have more legroom. He added that carriages would be built so they offered easier accessibility for disabled and elderly passengers and people pushing baby prams.

Mr Rayner said the carriages needed to be manufactured so that people did not have to step up to board trains. He explained that the ideal scenario would be a gap of only one inch between platform heights and the carriage floors. He also stated the carriages should be designed for the passengers who would use them.

Statistics show Britons are growing upwards and outwards and there are also more elderly people than ever. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Division says 25 per cent of the UK’s population is overweight.

At the start of the 1980s, only seven per cent were classed as obese. Compared to a century ago, the average Briton has grown four inches. Men are now 5 feet 10 inches and women 5 feet 5 inches.

Chris Rayner says the first HS2 trains will debut in 2026 and are expected to be in service for three decades. He emphasised that companies bidding for contracts would need to take the fact Britons were expected to get bigger into account when designing their carriages.

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