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Anybody heard the station messages in Leeds ?

It is a ridiculous Yorkshire accent - who agrees to this ?

Any other accents across the Network ?
 
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Anybody heard the station messages in Leeds ?

It is a ridiculous Yorkshire accent - who agrees withthis ?

Any other accents across the Network ?

I find some of the Brummie announcements annoying that you get in the West Mids.
 

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Strange - are you saying all announcers on the rail network should be schooled in good proper Oxford English. Surely if it's in Yorkshire, you'd expect the announcers to sound like Yorkshire people?
 

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What, do you mean the "You are not a train, please keep off the track" announcement at Leeds? I quite like it! I think it's a good idea to have announcements in regional accents - it's not exactly hard to understand and you are in Yorkshire, after all.
 

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I've got a thing about the West of Scotland accent they use at Waverley. Perfect for Glasgow Central but it isn't easy on the ear in Edinburgh.

Do you mean that the Yorkshire accent is exaggerated, or from the wrong part of the region, or that you don't like a Yorkshire accent? :)
 

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Anybody heard the station messages in Leeds ?

It is a ridiculous Yorkshire accent - who agrees to this ?

Any other accents across the Network ?

Welsh accent is certainly used here in the Principality.
What would you prefer, BBC English?
 

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I've got a thing about the West of Scotland accent they use at Waverley. Perfect for Glasgow Central but it isn't easy on the ear in Edinburgh.:)

Likewise, just not right at all and when she was first installed she had a number of wrong pronunsiations esp on Fife services. If we cant have Phill Sayer then regional accents are the way forward IMO
 

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What, do you mean the "You are not a train, please keep off the track" announcement at Leeds? I quite like it! I think it's a good idea to have announcements in regional accents - it's not exactly hard to understand and you are in Yorkshire, after all.

"If yer lost, ask fer 'elp."

Can't get much more Yorkshire than that.
 

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Likewise, just not right at all and when she was first installed she had a number of wrong pronunsiations esp on Fife services. If we cant have Phill Sayer then regional accents are the way forward IMO

Borders people were having a laugh at the mispronouncing of Stow in the weeks after the launch. Apparently it should rhyme with 'cow' rather than with 'flow'.
 

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What, do you mean the "You are not a train, please keep off the track" announcement at Leeds? I quite like it! I think it's a good idea to have announcements in regional accents - it's not exactly hard to understand and you are in Yorkshire, after all.

I just find that announcement pretty threatening.

"Train station is a dangerous place... shame if something happened to you..."

Could they revoice with an Italian accent?
 

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I like regional accents, it makes the railway less cold & clinical and when an announcement is made with a natural voice with an accent people tend to take more notice of it, than what they know as a pre-recorded announcement.
 

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Eeeeh, what's up, luv?
Dusta not like 1030 t ' Clecyheckywike announced in't Queen's English?
Eeh bah gum
 
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Borders people were having a laugh at the mispronouncing of Stow in the weeks after the launch. Apparently it should rhyme with 'cow' rather than with 'flow'.

indeed, although thankfully the Waverley auto announcer got it correct unlike the Scotrail auto announcers both onboard and on stations. The replacement recording for train PIS is quite funny as tone and volume
 

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indeed, although thankfully the Waverley auto announcer got it correct unlike the Scotrail auto announcers both onboard and on stations. The replacement recording for train PIS is quite funny as tone and volume

I think it's been fixed since then, I forgot to say. Although I'm just going by the Waverley announcements, which I thought was the same, but apparently not!
 

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"Alright me luvvers, the tractor now approaching platform 7 is the..." :lol:

I've noticed GWR have used a female voice for engineering work announcements with an accent from up north (unsure where).
 

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Anybody heard the station messages in Leeds ?

It is a ridiculous Yorkshire accent - who agrees to this ?

Any other accents across the Network ?

You're in Leeds and you heard a Yorkshire accent. Whatever next?
What is a ridiculous Yorkshire accent? Was it from someone from somewhere else pretending to be from Yorkshire? Or do you not like accents?
 

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Not a fan of Glasgow Central announcements rather they had the ones they have doon south !I think she replaced manual announcments at Glasgow Central.
 

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I find some of the Brummie announcements annoying that you get in the West Mids.

You're in Birmingham and you heard a Brummie accent. Whatever next?
Badger1Badger the OP is from Leeds and Harbonite is from Birmingham. Why the self-loathing about accents from both? Be proud of where you live!

Note: I am from Yorkshire and my wife is a Brummie.
 
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You're in Birmingham and you heard a Brummie accent. Whatever next?
Badger1Badger the OP is from Leeds and Harbonite is from Birmingham. Why the self-loathing about accents from both? Be proud of where you live!

Note: I am from Yorkshire and my wife is a Brummie.

Agreed, we should be proud of our local accents (even though mine makes me sound a bit common!). The one at Leeds though mentioned by the OP is a bit annoying, but I find that's more because of the patronising wording ''remember you are not a train, do not trespass''
 

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I've always wondered if Leeds has a major trespass problem, I've never heard those announcements at any other big stations.
 

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Strange - are you saying all announcers on the rail network should be schooled in good proper Oxford English. Surely if it's in Yorkshire, you'd expect the announcers to sound like Yorkshire people?

Platform 16 for the xx.xx service to Bratford. Now get on't bluddy train yer wazzock.

And don't slip on't bluddy floor, it's reet moist outside.
 

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I've always wondered if Leeds has a major trespass problem, I've never heard those announcements at any other big stations.

Late evenings see regular ignoring of the large "KEEP OFF THE TRACK" notices that appear on most platforms as revellers end up on the wrong platform. They then decide to clamber over 2-3 active, live railway lines...
 

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You often get some 'interesting' voices when they have to do manual announcements at Leeds :lol:

I just like to listen out for when they have to add new stations / operators to the system, Liverpool South Parkway wasn't the greatest recording in the world but they don't seem to have done too badly with Kirkstall Forge and Apperley Bridge!
 

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"If yer lost, ask fer 'elp."

Can't get much more Yorkshire than that.

Ask for Elp - come on I am Yorkshire born and bred - stupid humiliation

Remember ya not a train :)
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Platform 16 for the xx.xx service to Bratford. Now get on't bluddy train yer wazzock.

And don't slip on't bluddy floor, it's reet moist outside.

Lol -
 

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Regional accents are fine, however staff who make PA announcements should be checked and not allowed to do it if their voices are incomprehensible to large numbers of the travelling public. Safety first.
 

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I like regional accents, it makes the railway less cold & clinical and when an announcement is made with a natural voice with an accent people tend to take more notice of it, than what they know as a pre-recorded announcement.
I like regional accents -- as long as it's just a matter of accent and not of real regional dialect. On the railway, and particularly at large stations, announcements need to be easily comprehensible by people not only from anywhere in this country but for foreign travellers who may well have no ear for accents far from the sort of English they will have learnt, so there is an argument that announcers should not have too strong a regional accent.
 

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Some good points here. Theres one bloke at Carlisle who has quite a posh voice but tends to rush and garble his announcements plus finish them allways with an anoying up inflection, almost like he seams slightly shocked that the train on P1 is actually intending to make the long and dangerous journey to Lankaster via Barrow.
 
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