The feared deconstruction of Britain’s railways may not be welcomed by the majority of ordinary people who use trains.
But the distillation of the rail “system” into its constituent parts prior to flogging them off has at least created lots of design work – from identities for train operating companies to retail work at franchised stations.
Latest example of such design input comes courtesy of the owner of buffers and sleepers, Railtrack, which asked students from Leeds, Bradford and York to design new uniforms for its 750 station staff.
Tight briefs were not required, just suits, ties, and so on. And, at the end of the journey, in the First Class compartment in the front carriage nearest the door is Karen Jacobs, a first-year student at Leeds College of Art & Design.
Well done, Karen. Wearer trials begin at Easter.
Cracking quote from Chris Leah, Railtrack North West director, on the railway being a difficult environment: “It is dirty, noisy and full of fumes…” No kidding. Oh, sorry, he’s talking about the environment for staff.