As the coronavirus lockdown restrictions are easing, people are opting for traveling within the cities.
Trains are going to have a busy schedule. The railways are planning to notify passengers about the busy timing. So the passengers can travel when there is less crowed on the train.
Consequently, there were 51 million fewer journeys made on Britain’s railways in the first three months of this year compared with the same period in 2019.
New App for Monitoring Train Traffic
Journey planning app and website National Rail will begin displaying red or yellow warning triangles. This will happen next to the services, which has high demand expectation.
On trains and stations, rail staff will send messages through a system, which uses analysis of journey planning trends.
However, It will be asked from the users, if they want to take a specific service to help operators deal with capacity.
The train companies hope that this system will make the passenger’s journey incredible. As the government is easing the restrictions demand for traveling on trains is increasing.
This system will provide information to passengers about how disruption and overcrowding will hinder their travel. In addition, it will also provide another travel option.
Passengers can receive a notification via Facebook Messenger. They can also get an update through a text message and WhatsApp, which will be available in the coming weeks.
Robert Nisbet, director of nations and regions at the industry body the Rail Delivery Group said, “With social distancing meaning there is space for fewer people to travel by train.”
“The rail industry will be using technology to help passengers plan their journeys and stay safe while traveling.”
Human and Artificial intelligence
“The eyes and ears of thousands of frontline staff will let us know if stations or trains are getting busy. While cutting-edge data analysis will help us predict spikes in demand, giving passengers the advice they need in the palm of their hands.”
“While people should only go by train if their journey is really necessary. Those who do need to travel should sign up for alerts from National Rail. And before setting off, pop online to check the very latest information and avoid the busiest times.”
However, “We also ask everyone traveling to wear a face covering to prevent the spread of the virus.”
People Encouraged to Stay Home
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said, “With capacity reduced to around one-fifth of that previously seen on our railways. It is important that people work from home if they can, alter their travel times to avoid crowds, and use other forms of transport wherever possible.”
In addition, he said, “But for those who need to use the train it is fantastic to see innovative digital services rolled out to help keep them safe while on the move.”
However, he said, “Harnessing data and new technology will be crucial both to enable social distancing now and to modernize the network for the future.”
Railways have suffered a great deal under the pandemic. But now that the lockdown is phasing out there might be some light at the end of the tunnel.