I hope that everyone had a good Easter and Royal Wedding bank holiday break. During the week between Easter and the Royal Wedding, we launched a major update to the website.
Those of you that use the website regularly may already have noticed one of the changes, on the homepage, you’ll see a new “Passengers” icon within the journey planner. This is because, if you’re planning a journey more than 48 hours in advance, we’ll direct you straight to the fares information. If you’re planning a journey for more than one passenger, or want to use a railcard, or travel first class, you can click on the Passengers icon to get access to these features:
Once you’ve made the changes you need – or if you’re happy with a single passenger clicking on Go, will take you directly to your fares and journey information.
Free Journey Alerts
We’ve built on our Alert Me, SMS alerting services for delays to journeys to expand it to allow distribution of messages by Email and now by Twitter too for registered users. If you’re not registered with our website, you can register here. Once you’ve registered, or if you’re already signed into the website, you can sign up for Email or Twitter alerts via any journey plan, or via the Alert Me journey planner. Then once you’ve planned the journeys you want to be alerted on, just tick the Email or Twitter checkboxes! You can sign up with Twitter via their website, follow us, and we’ll send you Direct Messages about disruption to the journey(s) you’ve planned. You can even choose to receive notifications from Twitter about Direct Message via SMS to your phone – information about this, and any charges are available from Twitter. As with the normal SMS service, you can choose whether you receive the alerts once, on weekdays, or for up to 12 weeks – you can do this via the “Configure Alerts” section of the Alert Me journey planner.
Sharing Journey Links
Finally, I’m pleased to announce that the format of the web address for our journey planning pages. In Plain English, this means that the journey planner uses explicit dates and stations – rather than a random code, so you can share journey plans with your friends or colleagues. It’s also useful if you want to bookmark a page for your journey to or from a station. For example, if you regularly travel from London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly, in the evening, you can bookmark:
Try planning a journey and see it for yourself in your browser’s address bar.
As always, I’m keen to hear your feedback – which you can provide to me via the website.