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You can now get instant travel alerts from TfL through Twitter

Isabelle Aron

Travelling around London's transport network can be pretty unpredictable - just ask the angry commuters who were delayed last month because of 'excess sunlight' on the Overground. But now TfL has teamed up with Twitter to make it easier for passengers to get up-to-date information. The partnership is being described as a 'world first', and means that you'll be able to get instant travel alerts through Twitter. To those thinking: 'wait, can't I already do that?' - well, yes, you can (sort of). But this is a bit different.

Until now, you had to check the individual TfL Twitter accounts for live updates, but now you can opt-in to receive instant notifications about severe disruption via direct message on Twitter. You can also choose to get alerts during specific time periods, so you won't get bombarded with messages about the Central line at 8am on a Saturday morning when you're definitely still in bed. At the moment, it's only available on the Central Line, District Line, London Overground and TfL Rail Services, but hopefully it'll get rolled out across the network if it's a success. So, next time the Overground comes to a standstill because of a bit of sunshine, you'll be the first to know.

Find out more about the live alerts on TfL's website

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