IEP interior

IEP Super Express mock up under construction at DCA

Published on: 23rd July 2013

DCA is well advanced with the construction of a full size mock-up of all the passenger interiors as well as an interior and exterior mock up of the driver’s cab at its extensive workshop facilities in Warwick.

We will then use the mock-up for ergonomic validation of the design against the relevant accessibility standards.  Equally importantly, the mock-up will allow Hitachi to physically demonstrate the ‘finished product’ to the relevant project stakeholders.

Hitachi’s new 125 mph Super Express Trains will provide passengers with more modern reliable trains, better interiors and seating arrangements and faster journey times.  DCA's Technical Director, Rob Bassil, said: “These new trains will offer passengers a step change in reliability, capacity and comfort, and Hitachi has challenged us to deliver an iconic interior design to underline these benefits. We are very excited by the prospect and have put the right staff, resources and processes in place to support Hitachi in doing exactly that."

Keith Jordan, Managing Director for Hitachi Rail Europe confirmed that DCA had won the contract against stiff international competition, and said: “When it came to the design of the interior of the Super Express Train, Hitachi was particularly keen to create an environment that would be a pleasure for passengers to travel in. We picked DCA because they bring extensive experience with design projects, not only in the rail industry but also in other industry sectors. The team at DCA brings a modern, creative approach to the rail vehicles that will add to the great journey experience the Super Express Trains will offer to customers.”