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London Tube users to get tweets on delays

Press AssociationPress Association 9/06/2016

Twitter is partnering with a transport authority for the first time to provide live travel information.

British Tube and train passengers will now get travel tweet alerts about delays straight to their phones in what is being described as a world first.

Transport for London (TfL) and Twitter have begun piloting the service on Thursday whereby customers will be alerted of severe delays on key London Underground and TfL rail services as soon as they occur.

It will allow anyone who follows any combination of four existing TfL Twitter feeds to be able to opt-in to receive instant notifications about severe disruption.

Currently, obtaining live travel information via Twitter means having to visit the relevant account or searching through your timeline for the latest tweets.

This pilot scheme will allow notifications to be sent straight to customers' mobile devices while they are on the go, or direct to their computer, as a direct message.

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