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LNER 'Seat Sensor' allows rail passengers to use their phone to quickly find unreserved seats; If you struggle to find an unreserved seat on a busy East Coast Mainline train, LNER has come up with a solution so you'll spend less time standing.

Byline: Simon Meechan

Boarding an London or Edinburgh-bound train atNewcastlewithout a reserved seat can be a lottery.

If the service is busy you can spend ages traipsing down carriages trying to spot an empty seat, only to discover it actually is reserved, or there is someone sat in it.

In the end, many just give up and stand, or plonk themselves on the vestibule floor.

But LNER reckons it has come up with solution for seat hunting.

Passengers on theEast CoastMainline can now use their phones to quickly identify empty seats.

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The operator has fitted its trains with sensors, which indicate when a seat is vacant. Passengers simply have to log on toLNER's wifi service, and select "Find an empty seat" to see which ones are free.

LNER's Seat Sensor technology uses a traffic light system. Red means the seat is taken, amber indicates it is reserved for part of the journey, while green shows it is completely unreserved.

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Title Annotation:What's On
Publication:The Chronicle (Newscastle upon Tyne, England)
Date:Nov 10, 2018
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