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06.05.16

New information screens to be fitted on Thameslink stations

New and improved passenger information screens are to be installed on Thameslink stations in central London in preparation for the arrival of new Siemens Class 700 trains.

The screens improve on existing information screens by showing, at a glance, 30 minutes worth of departures instead of three or four departures at a time, and including information about where facilities such as first class, bicycle storage and wheelchair spaces are available.

Keith Wallace, programme director at Thameslink, said the new screens were “essential” to cope with Thameslink’s “dramatic” planned expansion.

The company intends to introduce Siemens Class 700 trains, which Govia Thameslink Railway are also using on their Greater Northern suburban route, later this spring, with services running between Blackfriars and St Pancras every two and a half minutes by the end of 2018.

New station screens in use

Wallace said: “Passengers in central London will need to know quickly and easily which service is the one they want.”

There will be eight screens on each station instead of four, designed to reduce overcrowding. The screen design was devised by industry experts from Network Rail, Govia Thameslink Railway, the screen supplier, InfoTec, and ATOS WorldLine. ATOS will provide the back office systems and supply train running data to the screens.

The last edition of RTM contains an interview with Mark Somers, rail systems director on the Thameslink programme, discussing Thameslink’s latest developments at London Bridge station.

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Comments

Andrew Gwilt   06/05/2016 at 11:20

Most railway stations on the Thameslink, Southern, Southwest Trains and Southeastern routes do new LED information display screens as they are much clearer and have up to date information with LED information display screens to be installed at other railway stations in Greater London and also new LED information display screens to be installed at other railway stations in the UK and also in Essex including Ingatestone, Rayleigh, Hockley, Rochford, Prittlewell and other railway stations in Essex and East Anglia to have new LED information display screens to be installed.

David Nicholson   06/05/2016 at 12:31

The screens are much clearer, but frustratingly refresh far too often. I can be part-way through reading some scrolling text only for the screen to refresh and start scrolling again. If this could be fixed, they'd be excellent!

James Lisney   06/05/2016 at 13:59

Infotec was pleased to be invited to provide the CIS displays for this project. The TFT's are part of a new range built here in the UK. As a British company, we are proud to be designing, manufacturing and testing here in the East Midlands. The displays are running our latest Tetrus controller which drives the displays and enables the excellent graphical presentation.

Jerry Alderson   06/05/2016 at 14:23

Please can we be shown what one of these new screens look like? Wil it be anything like the ones on German and Austrian railways? Perhaps something like the following photo I took in Salzburg in January. http://www.railfuture.org.uk/dl1187?display It seems to do the things that are claimed in this article. (From article: http://www.railfuture.org.uk/article1648-Mountain-of-Ideas)

Andrew Gwilt   06/05/2016 at 19:01

That's right. Infotech is the company who build LED information screens not just on trains but also at train stations, bus stations, airports and other transportations. www.infotec.co.uk is their website.

Mark J   06/10/2016 at 19:09

It's a real shame they do not show formation information for the next service. This is essential in the morning rush to be able to board successfully.

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