“National Rail Enquiries is pleased to offer UK passengers even more choice over how they access real time information about train journeys, and we are delighted that so many people have already installed the free app on their smartphone.”
London, UK (PRWEB UK) 11 May 2012
National Rail Enquiries has launched its own free smartphone app for iPhone and Android operating systems, and more than 100,000 UK rail users have downloaded it from Google Play and the App Store in its first week.
The app features many of National Rail Enquiries’ most popular tools including a real time journey planner and live departure boards, together with relevant and up-to-the-minute information about disruptions and stations.
Two particularly unique features of the app include push notifications for automatic alerts of any delays or changes to specific train services, and the ability to plan a journey with real time information and check live departure boards without the need for an internet connection. The “get me home” function is also proving popular – it traces the user’s location and shows different journey options from the nearest stations to whichever station is saved as ‘home’.
“National Rail Enquiries is pleased to offer UK passengers even more choice over how they access real time information about train journeys while on the move, and we are delighted that so many people have already installed the free app on their smartphone,” said Chief Executive of National Rail Enquiries, Chris Scoggins.
The National Rail Enquiries app offers far more than a train timetable. Each of the different tools utilise real time information about train arrivals and departures to provide passengers with the most accurate information available. For example, the journey planner returns information based on a train’s live progress, not just its scheduled times, and any known service disruptions are automatically fed into the customer’s results.
Passengers can see a live departure board for their chosen station, with the option of viewing the results by destination or origin. They can then monitor the live progress of each train service if they wish.
The app features a helpful “wake me up alarm” to alert passengers to their final destination. Its functionality also includes the ability to send any number of push notifications directly to the user’s phone, alerting them of any delays or cancellations to their chosen service. Customers can also access relevant station information through the journey planner which includes links to more detailed information on National Rail Enquiries’ mobile website.
The National Rail Enquiries app is particularly helpful for London commuters, with journey planning to or from any Dockland Light Railway or London Underground Zone One station.
The National Rail Enquiries app is now available to download from the App Store and Google Play. Customers can download the free app which features a small advert display. They can then choose to upgrade to an ad-free version for £4.99 if they wish.
Features at a glance:
- Real time journey planner
- Live departure boards
- Push notifications
- Information about service disruptions
- Journeys can be planned without an internet connection
- “Wake me up alarm” alerting passengers of their final destination
- “Get me home” function locates the user and shows journey options
- Shows journeys to/from Docklands Light Railway and London Underground (Zone One stations)
- The tools are integrated and draw on real time information about train departures
- Free to download with the option of an in-app upgrade to ad-free version for £4.99
- Developed for Apple iPhone and Google Android operating systems
National Rail Enquiries is owned and funded by Britain’s train companies. For information visit: http://www.nationalrail.co.uk.