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PriestmanGoode designs accessible interiors for Canadian trains

Industrial design studio PriestmanGoode has created the interiors for a fleet of trains in Canada, which have a focus on accessible design.

The London-based studio designed the interiors for a fleet of trains called Corridor that is run by rail transport company VIA Rail Canada.

Canadian maple leaf
PriestmanGoode included Canadian maple leaf graphic in the livery for Corridor trains

Corridor trains will travel through the Quebec City – Windsor corridor, a route that spans one of Canada's most industrial regions.

Described by PriestmanGoode as "barrier-free", the inside of each train is intended to be an accessible environment for all passengers, with comfortable seats and spacious footwells.

Corridor fleet
The Corridor fleet will travel between Quebec City and Windsor in Canada

Key design elements include five mobility aid spaces and onboard wheelchair lifts.

Corridor trains also feature clear wayfinding devices in each carriage, such as glowing overhead screens and clearly signposted seat numbers listed on the top lip of each chair.

Accessible interiors
The interiors are designed to be accessible

Information is also presented in braille for blind and partially sighted passengers.

A grey colour palette is combined with a Canadian maple hue to give the interior a touch of warmth, used in different shades on ceilings, carpets and seats.

Charging units
Charging units can be found by each seat

Train seats in both business and economy class are fitted with headrests and armrests, as well as coat hooks, tables and charging units.

Accessibility was also considered in the train galleys, which were created as wide-open spaces that allow staff to serve refreshments with ease.

According to PriestmanGoode, the train interiors are also designed to be sustainable, with water refill points that were installed to minimise the use of plastic bottles onboard.

"Particular attention was paid to the selection of durable materials to ensure the interiors are built with longevity in mind, contributing to VIA Rail's sustainability commitment," said the design studio.

Sleek grey interiors
The interiors feature a grey colour palette

As well as the fleet's interiors, PriestmanGoode also designed the livery across the exterior of each train, which features a bold red graphic of a Canadian maple leaf.

The Corridor fleet is expected to go into service from October 2022, following winter trials last December.

Business class booth
Business class offers a series of more private areas

PriestmanGoode is a multidisciplinary industrial design studio known for its commitment to facilitating accessibility, through projects like aircraft seating that allows travellers to stay in their wheelchairs.

Co-founder Paul Priestman recently announced he would be departing the studio, leaving Nigel Goode in charge as chairperson.

The imagery is courtesy of PriestmanGoode.