With autumn in full swing them leaves are going to be a-fallin’ on the rails. For seasoned commuters falling leaves are second only to the words ‘signal failure’ as a harbingers of train delays. Thankfully, those of us with Android phones can be kept informed of any interruptions to train timetables with the Rail Planner Live app.
Developed by Thales, the people who supply information to the National Rail Enquries website, the app keeps you informed of any delays and cancellations and also allows you to plan journeys on the go.
If you’ve ever experienced Googling for train times and feebly thumbing through the NRE website at rush hour on your Android phone you’ll know that it’s not a huge amount of fun. This app does away with all that hassle.
You can also add a widget which displays the departure and arrival times of specific journeys, say, London Waterloo to Salisbury, and it’ll tell you if the train is on time and even tell you which platform it’s due to arrive at.
The widget takes up a quarter of a homescreen, so if you’re doing a mammoth journey with a lot of changes you could temporarily devote one of your screens to having up to four widgets at once, one for each change you’ll need to do.
The Rail Planner Live app for Android is available from the Market now, for an introductory price of £3.49 (normally £4.99) – peanuts when compared to rail fares. If you’re a regular commuter you’ll find this indispensable.