The Anonymous Widower

Transport for London’s New Train Information Displays

I came across this train information display for the first time in Paddington station.

It appears to be wireless and battery-powered, which means they can be placed anywhere that an Internet signal can be obtained.

Surely, this must be the quickest way to improve the dreadful information provision at some places on the UK rail and bus network.

The display shown was placed in an area, where there is little information and I suspect that no-one thought torun any cables for a traditional display.

October 4, 2019 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | ,


  1. Hmmm, I wonder if they can be hacked? Could lead to some embarrassing situations methinks.

    Comment by mauricegreed | October 4, 2019 | Reply

    • It’s probably the same data link as is used by bus information displays.

      Comment by AnonW | October 4, 2019 | Reply

  2. Wonder if Freedom Pass holders can travel free to Cardiff Central … Alas not me !

    Comment by Melvyn | October 4, 2019 | Reply

    • I can envisage a time when I touch in at Dalston and touch out at Cardiff with a Freedom Pass and the leg from the Zone 6 boundary (West Drayton orReading) is automatically charged to a credit card linked to the Freedom Pass.
      Perhaps Cardiff may be too far and expensive, but this system could easily be used to places like Oxford, Cambridge, Brighton or Birmingham.
      Longer journeys could be downloaded to the Freedom Pass or the Freedom Pass app, that will surely be an alternative within a few years.
      I also believe that the Freedom Pass can be monetized as a web site that offers the cheapest tickets for holders. The site would be paid the usual commission by train companies for ticket sales, just as Trainline is!

      Suppose too that the Freedom Pass could also function as a contactless payment card, then a lot of people like me would for much of the time only need to carry one card.

      A single card would also give very good security information and a location,so a well-designed system could cut fraud!

      Comment by AnonW | October 5, 2019 | Reply

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