Alarm apps are dime a dozen nowadays, but the latest effort may be of particular interest to Londoners continuously turning up late to work due to a delays or suspensions on the Tube.
While Transport for London (TfL) already offers a text alert service to notify you of problems on your selected routes, it’s not exactly very effective on serotonin-induced Londoners on a wintry morning. The aptly named Tube Alarm app uses an official TfL to wake you up early if there are any delays or suspensions on your regular route every morning.
The brains behind the app, Arkajit Bala, said: “You can set it to go off maybe 30 minutes earlier if there are major delays on your line, and if there are minor delays you can set it to go off perhaps ten minutes earlier”.
Bala, who is from Wandsworth South London, added that the idea of a Tube alarm came to him from his own bad travel experiences underground.
“I got to the Tube and the line was part suspended. In the end, it took me three hours to get to work. If I had have known about the suspension I could have done something about it.”
With alarmgate causing iPhone owners to miss their wake-up calls altogether, the timing couldn’t be better for a more reliable alternative.
Tube Alarm will land on the iPhone App Store and Android Market tomorrow for £2.99.