Side­ways seat­ing causes dis­com­fort

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

HAV­ING seen the newly re­leased pic­tures of the seat­ing on Bom­bardier’s new cross­rail trains, I am filled with noth­ing less than de­spair.

Both my wife and I suf­fer from cer­vi­cal spon­du­lo­sis (arthri­tis in the up­per spinal col­umn) and find sit­ting on trains, side­ways to the di­rec­tion of travel, lit­er­ally ‘a pain in the neck’.

In com­mon with most of the trains used on Lon­don Trans­port (apart from the Metropoli­tain line ) for­ward fac­ing seats are soon to be a thing of the past – try to imag­ine the dis­com­fort to suf­fer­ers of CV on a jour­ney from Eal­ing Broad­way to Up­min­is­ter, sit­ting side­ways for more than a hour and a half, with their head be­ing jolted from side-to-side as the train speeds up and slows down.

It seems nowa­days, in­stead of con­sid­er­ing the com­fort of their ‘cus­tomers’

Tfl is more con­cerned about the profit to be made from pack­ing as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble into th­ese hate­ful new trains.

PETE WIL­LIAMS York Av­enue

Hayes

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