Text for a train

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Well, it looks like our train service is finally entering the 21st century. Having finally completed a working train line from Manchester to London after three years digging (not that I’m bitter), you can now get train details and route information via text messaging.

Using technology developed by Kizoom and mBlox, National Rail has two text-based enquiry services available. If you want to know departure or arrival times, text 484950 and Traintracker Text looks up estimated train times, then texts the full details back to you. Calls cost 25p. In addition, TextMe Journey Planner is a free service that sends a complete itinerary of either the outward or return portion of a journey, so you know where to change without having to write it all down.

For a full explanation and demo of the service click here.

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Dave Walker

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