National Rail Enquiries Launches Nifty iPhone App

The organisation behind British's National Rail Network, NR Enquiries, has launched an application that allows iPhone and iPod Touch users to quickly access travel information using their portable devices.

The application which can be downloaded via Apple's App store unfortunately carries a £4.99 price tag which, as T3 posits, is quite high for what essentially is free data repackaged in a nice user interface.

NR has promised to make updates free though. Several other websites, like National Rail's own portal or the popular TheMacBox, provide with essentially the same features free.

The software uses the iPhone's own GPS to add location-base capabilities to its features and according to a National Rail Enquiries, will be the equivalent of a passenger rail Satnav, allowing users to find the nearest station and plan your journey home, at a flick of the finger.

The app, which has yet to be named, will also provide with details about train progress, platform changes, delays, cancellations and more.

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Our Comments

We have to agree with the guys at T3 who propose that the next iterations should include an update that will remind us (probably with a rather loud alarm "Drink Up" bell) when the last train is leaving. Oh and don't forget the compulsory, wake me up 110dB alarm which will remind you noisily that you are reaching your destination.

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