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repetitive and unnecessary on-board train announcements are set to be scrapped in england in what the transport secretary, has described as a "bonfire of the banalities".

Banal announcements set to be culled include self-evident instructions, such as having your ticket ready when leaving the station and contradictory calls for passengers to keep volume levels low while on-board announcements blare out.

Limits for the frequency of announcements will also be set.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said : "Train passengers are all too often plagued by an endless torrent of repeated and unnecessary announcements.

"That's why I ’ m calling for a bonfire of the banalities to bring down the number of announcements passengers are forced to sit through and make their journey that little bit more peaceful."

the department for transport ( dft ) said key safety messages would remain.

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Transport Secretary Grant Shapps (pictured) said: ‘Train passengers are all too often plagued by an endless torrent of repeated and unnecessary announcements'

Jacqueline Starr, CEO of the Rail Delivery Group, said : "We know people want the most relevant and timely messages on their journeys and to help with this, train operators are continuing their work to improve customer information, including cutting unnecessary onboard announcements.

But Louise Haigh MP, Labour's shadow transport secretary, accused the government of "falling silent" over the cost of living crisis and increasing ticket prices.

"What hard-pressed passengers want to hear more than anything else is a plan to help them," Ms Haigh said.

Examples of so-called "Tannoy spam" include telling passengers to have their tickets ready and, ironically, to keep the noise down.

That probably means a reprieve for the British Transport Police's "See it.

The DfT said it would be working closely with the Rail Delivery Group and passenger groups such as Transport Focus, as well as train operators, to identify how the "vast number" of announcements could be cut or reduced.

"the review will take place over the course of this year, with redundant messages identified and starting to be removed in the coming months.

As passengers come back to the railways the DfT will continue to ensure journeys are more comfortable to all users, and that passengers continue to receive the important information that they need about their journey.

Officials will work with accessibility groups to ensure that access for all is maintained.

"In line with the passenger improvements we are rolling out with our Plan for Rail we want to see improvements to the railways for those who use them day in day out.

Messages that play a safety critical role, or that ensure the railways are accessible for all, will remain.

anthony smith, chief executive of independent watchdog transport focus, said : "passengers will welcome a review intended to cut out unnecessary announcements.

Transport Focus looks forward to helping with the review so passengers get the information they want. '

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