PAYG is not even the end of today's exciting transport news! Siemens, who are bidding to supply the trains on the Thameslink route between Bedford and Brighton, say they would implement the first 'intellligent trains' of their kind in Europe. The Desiro City model can count the number of passengers in each carriage to control the air con flow, and also sends crowding information to the next station, where lights show people where to stand to get on a less packed carriage. The route is already set for driverless trains - but given how little attention commuters pay to human announcements to 'move down the platform', would they really trust a computer in the quest to find more room?
Last Updated 23 November 2009