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New voice for Vienna Underground

From Sunday travellers on the Vienna city underground will find a new public address voice in use.

Instead of a man a woman has been chosen and from this weekend the voice of actress Angela Schneider will be heard advising passengers about their travel status.

In addition one of the messages - Zug fährt ab - warning that the train is about to leave will no longer be heard.

U-Bahn boss Eduard Winter said the new concept for the messages was to make sure people were quickly and efficiently informed of what was happening at any time.

Angela Schneider replaces the former voice provided by Franz Kaida.

The various tones warning of the announcement are also being monitored. Messages in English will be pre-faced with a gong tone for example which is one octave higher than the regular.

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