'We've got rid of all the tosh' . . . First Great Western to cut on board train announcements
Do you get fed up with being reminded to "mind the gap" when leaving a train?
Or does being told you cannot smoke drive you off the rails?
The train journey for Bath travellers is about to become a whole lot more relaxing after operator First Great Western promised to cut the number of on board announcements.
FGW General Manager West David Crome said they had rid their announcement guide "of all the tosh".
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First admitted at least half of passengers had psychologically trained themselves to tune out all announcements.
The move follows comments by Transport Minister Norman Baker who urged train operators to curb "excessive" announcements.
Mr Crome said: "Some of the things we do not need to say anymore, such as announcements informing people they cannot smoke on a service, or informing customers where Standard and First Class seating is.
"We have been through the announcement guide to rid it of all the tosh - the redundant, the irrelevant and repetitive."
The "mind the gap" announcement will only be made when the the space between the train and the platform is greater than usual.
Others to go include the scheduled the arrival time at the final destination and "change here for connecting services to . . ."
First said they would provide more relevant information on departure times and platform numbers which passengers valued most.
The operator plans to roll out the new guide in January.
"Some of our colleagues have been saying the same thing for 20 years," admitted Mr Crome. "It may take a little while for them to change habits."