The worlds first back-of-the-seat screens on a train have been installed today. However, you wont find them in Japan’s Bullet Train, but instead on the UK’s own First Great Western high-speed trains.
So far 16 carriages have been fitted out with the Volo-built screens, with the service expected to hit all 54 First Great Western high-speed trains by the end of next year. Commuters can access films, TV shows, sport channels and a journey tracker for a fee of £3.95 per journey.
First Great Western’s Neil Micklethwaite said: “This exciting scheme has seen a lot of positive feedback from customers so far.”
And Volo TV boss Marcus Noble added that: “It’s just great to see a world first in rail in the UK. The quality of viewing is better than that available to air travellers in business class.”
Do you reckon this will over take your iPod as your travelling screen of choice? At a flat rate of £3.95 a journey it’s a bit steep for shorter trips, but if they can keep the content away from the realms of TV re-runs and ancient straight-to-video movies, First Great Western could be onto a winner.
Via: The Mirror
By Gerald Lynch | April 15th, 2010