Grayson Supports Push for Inclusive Bus Cabin Design at Industry Summit

Grayson Thermal Systems' Alex Bagnall and Steve Robinson with other attendees at First Bus Leicester for Inclusive Cab Summit

Grayson Thermal Systems recently participated in a significant industry event to promote greater inclusive bus cabin design at the inaugural Inclusive Cab Summit, hosted by Women in Transport and First Bus Leicester.

The summit, held in March 2024 at First Bus’s Leicester depot, aimed to kickstart efforts in establishing a ‘gold charter’ for inclusive cab design in buses and coaches.

The initiative stemmed from findings of a driver survey conducted earlier in the year by Women in Transport’s Diversity and Inclusion Bus Group, which highlighted several common issues relating to cabin design, including body positioning and vision impairment, affecting drivers’ experiences.

Delegates pledged to continue pushing to push driver cabin inclusive design forward
All delegates pledged to ‘keep the conversation going’ and work together to improve the driver cabin inclusivity

The event featured Mike Adams, CEO of Purple Tuesday (a movement advocating for better customer experiences for disabled people and their families), who shared insights on the importance of inclusivity based on his personal experiences.

Over the day, enthusiastic parties discussed ideas around accessibility, particularly around the emerging electric vehicle technology. Two of Grayson’s valued customers, Alexander Dennis and Wrightbus, gave detailed presentations on their latest models, which both feature the ultra-efficient Grayson Double Deck Bus Vehicle Thermal Management System (VTMS). The innovative system uses advanced heat pump technology to efficiently deliver battery thermal management and electric motor cooling while simultaneously providing exceptional cabin and saloon climate control.

Attendees also discovered more about the new vehicle specifications for London, with Transport for London giving more information about the advancements in safety standards, comfort and accessibility.

Grayson Thermal Systems representatives Alex Bagnall, Aftermarket Sales Manager, and Steve Robinson, Group Aftersales Technical Manager, joined 30 other companies, including OEMs, operators, suppliers, and trade bodies, to contribute their expertise in driver cabin heating and cooling.

Leading bus OEMs including Wrightbus and Alexander Dennis attended on the day

Stuart Hateley, Managing Director for Grayson Thermal Systems, reflected, “With over 45 years’ experience in heating and cooling solutions for the bus and coach sector, this invitation to share our expertise in cabin climate control at the summit is a testament to our commitment to excellence and inclusivity.

“Participating in this event provided us with invaluable opportunities to actively listen and gain invaluable insights into the diverse needs and challenges faced by drivers. This feedback will be integral to our ongoing design and development processes, as we strive to continually improve cabin heating and cooling in the PSV industry.

“We look forward to continuing the conversation and remaining engaged as we collectively propel the industry toward even greater inclusivity.”