25 Apr '14, 9am

Rail users on Merseyside are more sociable than those in the South according to new research

​Rail users on Merseyside are more sociable than those in London and the south east according to new research, which reveals that passengers like to face each other during journeys. The findings comes from a study carried out by independent passenger watchdog Passenger Focus to provide an insight into what customers would like to see in a modernisation of the Merseyrail fleet. In picking out seats, 50 percent chose to sit in the existing pod-style seats, facing each other in twos, in direct contrast to the preferences of those who make regular journeys by train in London and the south east. The reasons given were that it allowed them to sit as a group and talk to family and friends. Even those travelling on their own felt it gave them an opportunity to make conversation with strangers. The railway has seen strong growth in passenger numbers over the last ten years and this...

Full article: http://www.merseytravel.gov.uk/about-us/media-centre/news...

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