Yesterday, while I was waiting for my train at Ernakulam Railway station, an announcement came…
“Attention Passengers:Train Number 553366 Trivandrum-Mangalore Express is JUST arriving on platform number 2”….
The thing that bothered me most was the use of the word “JUST”.
Do you need “JUST” to announce an arrival?
Isn’t it enough to tell …”is arriving on platform number 2”….
As far as my English knowledge is concerned this communicates exactly the same.
So why did railway put the unnecessary “JUST”?
It may be because Railway wanted to emphasis that train is arriving just now. Then again, do anybody waiting for the train need to know this? No need. They are on the platform and you could easily notice an oncoming train.
So we can safely skip the word “Just”.
I know you may be wondering what to announce on other situations…
- Train is expected to arrive on platform number 2 at 2:30PM. (In case of delay etc..)
- Train will be arriving on platform number 2 at 2:30PM.
- Train will be arriving shortly on platform number 2.
- Train is arriving on platform number 2.
- Train has arrived on platform number 2.
- Train will be leaving from platform number 2.
- Train will be leaving soon from platform number 2.
- Train has left the station.
Is n’t these much clearer?
So, what do you think? Do we need to upgrade the messages announced by Indian railway? Let the world know your opinion via comments.