Feeds
85%
National Rail Enquiries Android app icon

National Rail Enquiries

The train now arriving on Platform 3...

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

Android App of the Week I should use local trains more often, but there are several reasons why I don’t. One is I’ve no idea where most of my local stations are, let alone the ones dotted further afield around Manchester. Secondly, I can’t be bothered picking up timetables.

The new National Rail Enquiries app solves both these problems and could herald a new era of local train usage of Android - and iPhone, it’s a simultaneous release - users. Or at least this particular Android user.

National Rail Enquiries Android app screenshot National Rail Enquiries Android app screenshot

Find your nearest station (left) or your way home (right)

The main feature of this app is that it pulls all the available rail network data live from National Rail so it’s as reliable and current as it’s possible to be and will flag up any problems. On what’s probably the least reliable rail network in Western Europe this info is rather handy.

One signal function is the ability to monitor train arrival times. Very useful if you're picking someone up, or if you are on a train and want to give an accurate time of arrival. You can pin individual services to the app if you use or meet the same train regularly.

National Rail Enquiries Android app screenshot National Rail Enquiries Android app screenshot

Monitor stations (left) and trains (right) in real time

A features I really like, though, is the one labelled 'Get Me Home' - or more often than not in my case 'Get Me Home, I’m Lost and Drunk'. The app notes your location and shows you the various journey options from the nearest stations to whichever spot you have set as your domicile.

Using this feature over the last week has opened my eyes to a plethora of local train options in Manchester. I had no idea you could even get from Salford Crescent to Manchester airport direct.

National Rail Enquiries Android app screenshot National Rail Enquiries Android app screenshot

Create push alerts (left) - handy for services you use regularly (right)

Regular commuters can set up push notifications that will let them know if their service is subject to disruption. I’d have sold my left testicle for this when I worked for Sony in London but lived in Bedfordshire. Every evening’s arrival at King’s Cross was laden with trepidation in those days.

With so much information on offer, the developers have made a good fist of keeping things simple by grouping the various functions into sections called My Travel, Live Trains, Planner and Settings for your alerts, preferences and favorites.

National Rail Enquiries Android app screenshot National Rail Enquiries Android app screenshot

Check out train times (left) and stops en route (right)

What the app won’t do is let you book or pay for tickets, but The Trainline has a more-than-serviceable app for that and it generally offers the best prices.

The only leaves on the track are the adverts, which are rather obtrusive and if you want to get shot of them it will cost you an eye-watering and pocket-gouging £4.99. ®

Apps2SD No
Size 3.4MB

National Rail Enquiries Android app QR code

We make our choice of the best Android smartphone and tablet downloads every Tuesday. If you think there's an app we should be considering, please let us know.

More Android App of the Week Winners

Textgram Google Currents Instagram TED Runtastic Push Up

Build a business case: developing custom apps

85%
National Rail Enquiries Android app icon

National Rail Enquiries

All the live train information you are ever likely to need.
Price: Free (ad supported) £4.99 (no ads) RRP

More from The Register

next story
4K video on terrestrial TV? Not if the WRC shares frequencies to mobiles
Have your say with Ofcom now, before Freeview becomes Feeview
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Nice computers don’t need to go to the toilet, says Barclays
Bad computers might ask if you are Sarah Connor
You didn't get the MeMO? Asus Pad 7 Android tab is ... not bad
Really, er, stands out among cheapie 7-inchers
Apple winks at parents: C'mon, get your kid a tweaked Macbook Pro
Cheapest models given new processors, more RAM
YES, iPhones ARE getting slower with each new release of iOS
Old hardware doesn't get any faster with new software
VMware builds product executables on 50 Mac Minis
And goes to the Genius Bar for support
Leaked Windows Phone 8.1 Update specs tease details of Nokia's next mobes
New screen sizes, dual SIMs, voice over LTE, and more
Microsoft stands on shore as tablet-laden boat sails away
Brit buyers still not falling for Windows' charms
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Maximize storage efficiency across the enterprise
The HP StoreOnce backup solution offers highly flexible, centrally managed, and highly efficient data protection for any enterprise.