A huge new train departures sign has been installed at Victoria station that’s designed to be a lot easier to read than the older orange text displays.
The existing passenger information displays relied on similar but older LED technology which limited display size and the type of information that could be shown. This use of the latest LED technology offers improved flexibility in terms of colour and presentation of the information displayed to the travelling public.
The giant 5 by 2.5 metre full-colour LED display is larger than a similar design that was tested at Waterloo station earlier this year.
These new screens allow for more information to be shown and in addition to regular departures information, they can show platform guidance, safety messages and network disruption information, all in real-time. In future, the display could be programmed to show animations and videos — and presumably, adverts.
Apart from being easier to read, part of the aim of having larger text sizes is so that people don’t need to crowd together up close to the sign to read it – spreading out a bit in the station.
The Network Rail Telecoms Team (NRT) is responsible for providing the regions with the connectivity for key station services such as customer information.