Rail seating is all metal. No plastic involved, so they donít weather as badly; and the frames are much sturdier and generally made of stainless steel, so they donít corrode quickly.
Itís entirely irrelevant if the stand is rebuilt, but as it stands the Railway End would be ideal. You donít need as much room for standing rails (even though weíd only replace one seat with one rail seat). That suits the RE perfectly because the terraces are narrow and shallow, meaning the legroom is awful.
The only slight problem is how you install these things. Shrewsbury had to change their design when they planned the installation. They wanted to convert an entire block of 500 seats, but found it doesnít work, because it then impedes the view of the seating areas to either side. This would potentially also be a problem in a redeveloped Pop Stand, unless it was specifically engineered to avoid that problem (which obviously, youíd hope it would). Shrewsbury solved it by converting rows all the way across the stand, rather than just a block. Theoretically we could do the same, and thatíd be a good way of improving the atmosphere.
Lastly, Iím a bit of a geek for this, but rail seating looks beautiful. Itís really aesthetically brilliant, especially if itís done with a bit of care.
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