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National Rail Enquiries and Agant Ltd have developed a new application that allows iPhone and iPod Touch users to access real-time rail journey planning information across the national rail network.
“This is the equivalent of SatNav for passenger rail – it enables you to find your nearest station and plan your journey home at the touch of a screen,” says Ra Wilson, National Rail Enquiries’ Web Development Manager.
“The National Rail Enquiries for iPhone application uses the device’s inbuilt GPS to find your nearest station anywhere in Great Britain. The Next Train Home feature then plans the best route home to your destination.
“Another great feature is the Journey Planner search function, which allows you to save regular journeys for quick planning. You can also save favourite stations for one-touch access to departure and arrival information using the Live Departures & Arrivals function.”
The software has been developed in conjunction with Agant Ltd and is available online from Apple’s iTunes App Store - you can even purchase it directly from your iPhone or iPod Touch. New functionality will be added in later versions, and all upgrades are free.
“Train travellers will benefit from information about live train progress, platform changes, delays and cancellations,” says Dave Addey, Managing Director of Agant Ltd.
National Rail Enquiries is committed to developing new services to make travel and journey planning easier. In April, it will launch a complementary service that will enable Microsoft Outlook users to plan journeys within Outlook using a meeting invitation as the basis for their journey. More information will be available soon.
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For further information, please contact the ATOC Press Office on 020 7841 8020.
Notes to Editors
The application retails for £4.99 and it can be purchased by clicking the ‘Buy now’ link to the iTunes Apps Store from www.nationalrail.co.uk/iphone.
Currently, around 6,200 viewers access National Rail Enquiries’ journey planner at www.nationalrail.co.uk/ by iPhone each day, which is a lot for a mobile device.
The Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) is the official voice for the passenger rail industry - representing train companies to the government and other opinion formers on transport policy issues. Britain's train operators are working together to change rail travel for the better.
ATOC manages many joint activities for train operators including National Rail Enquiries, revenue allocation and settlement, impartial retailing, Railcard marketing, staff travel arrangements, international products and travel agent licensing.
Agant Ltd is a leading developer of software applications for the Apple Mac and iPhone. It was founded by Managing Director, Dave Addey who has over 12 years experience managing the development of applications for the Apple Mac, iPhone and the web.
Following the success of DJ-1800 (a DJ application for use with iTunes, iPods and iPhones) and the development of bespoke applications for major blue-chip companies, Agant moved into the emerging iPhone market with the launch of the puzzle game ‘iDrops’ in July 2008. ‘National Rail Enquiries for iPhone’ is Agant’s latest iPhone application, and is the result of several months of collaboration with National Rail Enquiries.
Railhub Archive ::: 2009-03-16 ATO-001