UP to the minute real time information is now being broadcast live to passengers at every commuter rail station in Solihull and the West Midlands thanks to the completion of a £4.5 million project.
Transport Authority Centro and local rail companies have completed a hi-tech scheme to install electronic information displays and automatic public address systems at all 63 commuter rail stations in the region.
They let people know exactly how many minutes until their train will pull in to the station by linking in to signalling technology which knows exactly where on the rail network the trains are.
As well as the electronic displays and PA systems, hearing induction loops have also been installed, ensuring that the accurate and up-to-date timetable information is available for people with either visual or hearing difficulties.
The scheme’s final touches were put in place at Whitlocks End rail station in Solihull last week completing the project.
This means that every station in Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton has real t ime information.
Over 70,000 people use the West Midlands rail network every week, with passenger numbers increasing by 8.2 per cent during 2007/08.