A Little Rant – National Rail Shame on You!
By Richard Mallion
For the past 2 years or so I have been using the official UK rail network iOS app , UK Train Times . I have been very happy with this application.
Before this app most people where using a free app which was using National Rails apis to get their information. Then one day National Rail blocked all third party developers from accessing these apis and payed a third party company to release an ‘official’ app, UK Train Times, which cost £4.99. There was some grumbling about the price but we all accepted it as this was the official app.
A few weeks ago UK Train Times changed their icon from the official National Rail icon to a generic notice board. We now know why. This app is no longer the official one. National rail has now released a new official app, National Rail Enquiries. The app is free but to remove the ads you have to pay £4.99
So shame on National Rail. How long before UK Train Times no longer has access to the information it needs and how long before yet another official app is released.