‘Connect Me’ is a train interior design concept with a focus on flexibility and adaptability for medium-term time horizons. Maynard’s design vision was to improve the customer experience and increase capacity by integrating the digital and physical journey.
The competition, introduced by Future Railway, Department for Transport and the Royal Institute of British Architects, invited architects, engineers and designers worldwide to propose new design solutions to improve passenger rolling stock across the UK rail network. We were shortlisted to develop their vision for the future of rail.
The train's environment increases efficiency, interactivity and comfort. The flip up seats create a flexible environment. During high capacity the upright position of the seats creates a highly efficient open layout that allows for fast ingress and egress, reducing station dwell times. In low capacity the booth seating creates sociable spaces for families and large groups.
We also developed the ‘Connect Me App’, a digital tool that allows the passenger to select journey preferences such as large luggage space, a leaning seat or bicycle storage, giving the operator a greater understanding of the service they need to provide for any specific route.