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The entire rail network ready and waiting for you in one handy app

National Rail Review

by on May 18, 2010

Since Dr Beeching decided to decimate the UK’s railway infrastructure, getting a train – more importantly one that is on time – has always been a bit of a mare.

National Rail’s official app for Android tries to remedy this, allowing you to check a train’s progress in real time and it will give you live updates on delays and the like.

It also houses a treasure trove of travel information, including directions to get to your nearest station and it allows users to plan a journey within the app.

Also included is a departures widget, so you can see what is happening with the trains without actually dipping into the app.

One of the best things about the National Rail app is that it tells you which platform the train will be departing from – prefect for those on the London commute who don’t have minutes to spare gawping at a departures board.

The only bugbear about the app is its price. At £4.99, this is definitely an app for the seasoned commuter who is fed up of missing the train or rocking up to a station only to find out there’s delays.

The price hike is because of National Rail nabbing a Live Data Services license. And, to be fair, without the live data this would not be a worthy app. With it, though, and it’s worth the price.

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