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Talking signs assist Metro users

Metro sign
Visual displays will name each approaching station

New technology on Tyne and Wear Metro trains will aid passengers with hearing or visual difficulties.

Pre-recorded audio announcements and scrolling visual displays naming each approaching station will be installed in carriages.

The £1.7m system is similar to one used on the London Underground.

It will particularly benefit passengers who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as those who are blind or partially sighted.

Passengers currently rely on audio announcements made by the Metro driver.

The new equipment is being trialled on board a single carriage.

If it is successful the entire Metro fleet will be upgraded by June 2010.

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