...subconsciously?? Reason i asked is ive just returned for a trip abroad and found my journey on a commuter train with minimal PA and quiet chimes to actually be relaxing and refreshing after a day out...noticeably. With the wave of newer trains coming onboard and more and more PRM/TSI improvements made (yes, i am all for improvements for people of reduced mobility before you bite my head off), is it possible that the barrage of PA announcements and loud alarms on trains and stations is becoming more of a hinderance than a help? Are companies going OTT , over and above the requirements which is causing possible annoyance to ALL travellers? What do you think should be the maximum and minimum requirements? Are there any blind or hard of hearing people on here with views? DO we need "Door Opening chimes" at such a loud level and pitch, noticeable on class 700, 345 and some other modified stock? Can the ontrain announcements be kept to a minimum with destination and next station information only. ..ie. "This is the xxx service to Epsom, the next to is CLapham Junction" and that is it. Do non-stop station announcements cause a hindrance and are generally ignored by frequent travellers? Obviously the answer is a happy medium. Do you think companies just bung in the equipment, think "that'll do"? DO they do research?