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Live Railway Service Information on the iPhone

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The UK's National Rail Enquiries and software developer, Agant have developed a new application that allows iPhone and iPod Touch users to access real time rail journey planning information across the national rail network.

"This is the equivalent of SatNav for passenger rail - it enables you to find your nearest station and plan your journey home at the touch of a screen," says Ra Wilson, National Rail Enquiries' Web Development Manager.

"The National Rail Enquiries for iPhone application uses the device's inbuilt GPS to find your nearest station anywhere in Great Britain. The Next Train Home feature then plans the best route home to your destination.

"Another great feature is the Journey Planner search function, which allows you to save regular journeys for quick planning. You can also save favourite stations for one-touch access to departure and arrival information using the Live Departures & Arrivals function."

The software has been developed in conjunction with Agant and is available online from Apple's iTunes App Store. New functionality will be added in later versions, and all upgrades are free.

"Train travellers will benefit from information about live train progress, platform changes, delays and cancellations," says Dave Addey, Managing Director of Agant Ltd.

In related news, in April National Rail plans to launch a complementary service that will enable Microsoft Outlook users to plan journeys within Outlook using a meeting invitation as the basis for their journey.

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