Jo Johnson.

What absolute nonsense from transport minister Jo Johnson.

He reckons “painful” train seats will become more comfortable with use.

One wonders whether he would be saying that if he had to use them himself.

The suggestion appears to be that the seats are so poorly-made, their shape will change, to adjust to the derrieres that sit on them. I reckon that will make them even more uncomfortable for many people, and will also limit their useful lifespan.

It seems clear that Mr Johnson is simply saying anything that comes into his mind in order to justify a cost-cutting measure by a penny-pinching rail company.

Perhaps he borrowed the tactic from his brother Boris.

More than a third (35 per cent) of Thameslink is owned by a private French company, meaning money we spend on its trains is going abroad, rather than being invested in the UK.

I cannot comment about the whereabouts of the money kept by British co-owner the Go-Ahead Group.

A transport minister has told angry commuters that ‘ironing board’ seats on new trains will become more comfortable with use.

Jo Johnson made this claim in the House of Commons when conservative MP Iain Stewart asked about the seats, which have markedly less padding than those on older trains, on behalf of his commuting constituents.

Many have been skeptical about Mr Johnson’s claims, and called for proof that this is the case. One social media user described his comments as “blithering twaddle”.

Thameslink has had hundreds of complaints about the new seats on the Class 700 trains, which have been described as leaving customers “in pain” because of the lack of padding. The rail company previously told The Telegraph that the lack of padding is down to fire safety and anti-vandalism guidelines from the Department of Transport. Thameslink has said there are no current plans to redesign the seating on its new rolling stock.

Source: Train seats lacking cushioning will get more comfortable as they are used, Jo Johnson tells angry commuters


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