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Rail firm kicks out ‘tosh’ talk on its trains
2:00pm Saturday 23rd March 2013 in News
A TRAIN firm has said it will cut unnecessary on-board announcements including the “Mind the Gap” warning.
First Great Western said its research showed up to 40 per cent of the announcements were no longer useful or relevant.
The pledge comes after transport minister Norman Baker urged train operators to curb excessive announcements and the changes are due to take effect in May.
General manager David Crome said passengers did not need to be reminded not to smoke or where the first class carriage was.
He said: “We have been through the announcement guide to rid it of all the tosh – the redundant, the irrelevant and the repetitive.”
The “Mind the Gap” announcement will only be used at necessary stations and passengers will also no longer hear details about connecting services.