UK Train Times

Journey planning and live departures for the UK, including the revolutionary 'Next Train Home'.

The challenge

There's nothing more frustrating than arriving at a train station, only to find that your train is delayed or cancelled. As regular train travellers ourselves, we decided to create the travel app we'd want on our own iPhones. The result: UK Train Times.

The approach

It's vitally important to know what's happening with your journey, even if it's bad news. Our app finds alternatives when your train is delayed or cancelled. Journeys and train times are saved on the phone for quick access, even when you don't have an internet connection. And with 'Next Train Home', we'll make sure get you home, no matter where you are in the UK.

UK Train Times is available on the iTunes Store for iPhone and iPod touch, priced at £4.99.


  • Plan your journey across the entire UK National Rail network
  • Automatically check alternative routes if your journey is delayed or cancelled
  • Next Train Home button recommends the next five trains to get you home from anywhere in the UK
  • Check on live departures and arrivals for all National Rail stations
  • Monitor live train progress, with an innovative progress display
  • Save favourite journeys and stations for quick access
  • Find train stations closest to your current location, with Google Maps directions
  • The entire app supports VoiceOver, enabling visually-impaired users to plan and manage their journey anywhere in the UK

The results

The app reached number three in the UK App Store chart, and has proved immensely popular with UK travellers. The app won Mobile Product of the Year at the UK IT Awards 2009, and was the fourth highest-grossing app in the UK in 2009. As of January 2013 it had sold over 300,000 copies in the UK.

The app has been featured in three separate Apple print advertising campaigns, and was featured in Apple's "Commute" TV advertising campaign in October 2009. The app has also been featured in many magazines and websites, including T3, PC Advisor, and Mac Format. The app remains one of the most popular apps in the UK.

The app was awarded the RNIB's first ever Accessible App of the Month award in December 2010, in recognition of its ability to assist blind and partially-sighted travellers on the UK's rail network.

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