The Anonymous Widower

The Ian Walmsley Train Comfort Factor

Ian Walmsley is a respected rail industry professional and a regular contributor to Modern Railways.  In the last edition, he did a scientific analysis of passenger comfort in various classes of British train. Some typical Standard Class ratings he got were Eurostar – 77.6%, HSDT – 76.2% And a lot were much worse!

So I decided to apply his rules to the hybrid buses that take me to Wood Green and the City.

A 141 Bus to Wood Green

These are my rather crude results.

Noise Standstill – Estimated – 8 – 0.32

Noise Service Speed – Estimated – 8 – 8

Ride – Estimated – 6 – 6

Seat Comfort – 9 – 9

Seat Legroom – 8 – 0.64

Seat Window Alignment – 10 – 6

Seat Visibility Airline – 9 – 4.5

Seat Airline to Bay Ratio – 10 – 5

Seat Armrests – 0 – 0

Air Management – 9 – 7.2

Luggage Capacity – 7 – 3.5

Toilets – 0 – 0

Catering – 0 – 0

Vibration and Rattles – 8 – 4

Litter Bins – 0 – 0

Ambience – 9 – 6.3

So this gives a weighted score of 60.46.  Not bad considering it scored zero for armrests, toilets, catering and litter bins.  You could make a case for scoring somewhere about 7 for each of the last three, as they are generally available close to most bus stops.

It would also be interesting to borrow a noise meter and get correct values for that.

February 7, 2011 - Posted by | Transport | , ,

3 Comments »

  1. Most double-deck buses would score less than this. Single-deck rather better, as they have more than a handful of seats downstairs!

    Comment by Nick Comfort | February 8, 2011 | Reply

  2. I think there might be an interesting trend here. Buses (and cars for that matter) are getting better and more comfortable, so could it be that certain trains will come under pressure from high-quality bus and coach services.

    Comment by AnonW | February 8, 2011 | Reply

  3. […] to Ian Walmsley ‘s excellent article in Modern Railways a couple of months ago, he scored 82.1% for First […]

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