Departure Board

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Description of App: 

A powerful yet simple UK train app for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Instantly check the trains departing from your local station. Supports Apple Watch and watchOS 2. Accessible from everywhere using the Today view widget.

Departure Board is a simple application that displays the information found on rail departure board signs across the UK. When launched, Departure Board will use your location to find that station nearest to you and it will instantly load the rail departure board for it. Departure Board will display the time and platform that the train is due to depart from.

Departure Board also allows you to see where each train currently is, where it has called and at what time. You can even share the train you are getting right from the application.

Features:
- Instant departure board for your nearest station.
- Details of each trains journey progress.
- Filter by calling points.*
- Show arrival board.
- Show arrival time at destination*
- Show earlier trains.*
- Favourite your most freqently used boards.*
- Automatically load a favourite board on launch when you are nearby. Also, in Glance, Watch App and Widget.*
- Handoff Support (transfer sessions between iOS devices and from Apple Watch).
- iPad Split View and Slide Over support
- Spotlight Indexing of all stations and favourites.
- Apple Watch Support.*
- iOS Today Widget - access your departure boards from anywhere in iOS.*
- URL Scheme Support - launch the application directly to a specific train station with optional calling point filter.*

*In-app purchase required. Free trial included.

Apple Watch Support: 

Yes

Version: 

3.0.3

Free or Paid: 

Paid

Device(s) App Was Tested On: 

iPhone
iPad

iOS Version: 

10.2.1

Accessibility Comments: 

Since the latest update, this app is extremely accessible. When you launch the app, it will automatically display the departure board for the nearest National Rail station, but it is easy to choose a different one.

When a departure board is loaded, it lists destinations, departure times and platform numbers for trains leaving from the selected station. It also shows the time at which the train is scheduled to arrive at its destination, as well as the approximate journey length. To bring up a list of calling points, simply double-tap on the required train. To set an arrival notification, double-tap on the desired calling point and select "Alert Me On My Arrival" from the resulting dialog.

To be clear, this is not a journey planning app. It is designed to allow for quick viewing of the departure board of the nearest station. I've found it to be most useful for easily checking the platform number of my next train when I was at the station. Easier than other apps which, although they do offer more information and features, often require several double-taps in order to find the departure board for the nearest station.

The app is listed as free, and offers a free trial of its features. After the trial has expired, an in-app purchase is needed to continue using it.

VoiceOver Performance: 

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling: 

All buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability: 

The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.

Other Comments: 

At the moment, the only VO issue I could find is that after an arrival notification has been set on a calling point, Voice Over does not offer any acknowledgement. For example, if I set an arrival notification for London St Pancras then one-finger tap on the corresponding cel, VO reads "London St Pancras". However, it doesn't report that a notification has been set. The developer is aware of this.

The developer of this app has gone to great lengths to improve accessibility of Departure Board. He is extremely receptive to feedback pertaining to VO functionality and is often quick to implement improvements.

Developer's Twitter Username: 

@departboard