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You know the feeling, you've made it to the station, paid for the exorbitantly-priced ticket (should have bought it 12 weeks earlier online) and struggled onto the train. But... have you ever wondered where on earth you can put your luggage? The overhead luggage racks are shallow and inadequate (not unlike certain politicians), the area between the seats is now taken up by waste bins and the areas at the end of the carriages are hopelessly small.
Anyone who's had the misfortune to miss their stop because their tiny case was at the bottom of a pile of huge, heavy ones will know what I mean. Struggling to move eight or more cases while being bashed by other passengers getting on and off when the train is about to pull away is not my idea of fun. Neither is getting trapped in those automatic doors which open and close incessantly, or negotiating the 2 foot drop between the train and platform.... but I digress.
train operators want to maximise their already colossal profits...
I do realise that the train operators want to maximise their already colossal profits so I can understand that they would prefer passengers just to bring a small clutch bag. Do they think that we should send our luggage to its final destination by courier? Maybe they they just haven't considered that actual design of the train interiors could be faulty. Moving the waste bins would be a start - you could get a suitcase in the space between the seat backs of 2 lots of four facing seats (if you follow me).
Adding the appropriate number of carriages would also be helpful. You know what it's like when there's a crowd of people waiting on the platform and there's a sigh of relief when the train pulls in - only to be replaced with a gasp of disbelief when you realise there are only going to be two carriages for a 300 mile journey.
What do the rest of you think?