The TGV l’Océane, which connects Paris to Bordeaux in a matter of 2 hours, is a real success with a 50% increase in traffic on the line in one year. Furthermore, the SNCF registered 5 million more passengers between Bordeaux and Ile-de-France, including 1.5 million who did not previously travel by train (source : La Tribune). After five years of functional design research with Saguez & Partners, and four years of building the new train with Alstom, a look back on a project with multiple innovations.
A new generation train
SNCF teamed up with the global design agency Saguez & Partners to create a useful and sustainable design which puts the customer at the heart of this TGV’s facilities. From a means of transport, it has today become a transport hub, an animated place for all : functional, practical and welcoming. The TGV has 22% more seats than a conventional Atlantic TGV train: 556 seats including 158 in first class and 398 in second class.
2:04 hours of Useful Design (Design Utile®)
first class, haute couture travel
The seats—oriented in the travel direction for every trip—are equipped with desks outfitted with compartments, a mini tablet, a soft-light reading lamp, USB ports as well as 220V outlets. More personal details have also been given careful thought: a vanity mirror has been added for discreetly check your appearance, jackets can be hung from the push & pull pegs to make sure you arrive at your destination without a wrinkle. The new seat tilts much more than the previous model. Finally, the wide and generous armrests allow you to lay back for a more peaceful and comfortable sleep.
second class, zen & fluid travel
More legroom increases passenger comfort. Another evolution in second class is a USB port for each seat and an electric outlet for two passengers. The materials used, such as leather, wood and fabric, lend the second class a high level of comfort.
bar, well measured travel
In order to break up the monotony of the journey, the bar carriage now offers various seating and standing positions. Travelers are welcome to enjoy their meal in the shared common space with friends or at the bar counter, the latter being a distinctive element of the space that is completely open and enhanced by a red canopy. Raw and refined materials embellish the space: light oak tray tables, leather, a table lamp by Ionna Vautrin…