Improved WiFi for trains!

12 February 2015

train WiFi on trains is crap, at best. Bearing in mind you get it for free in coffee shops and the like, the fact you have to buy a pass for it on trains is, frankly, rubbish.

Well, the government are looking at connectivity on trains and have announced that they're going to free up £50 million of funding for free WiFi on the rail networks in England and Wales.

Rail Minister Claire Perry said that the Department of Transport want to make sure that WiFi is available on more services by 2017. It'll be useful for people who work while they travel and, naturally, it'll be good for bored people wanting to stream TV shows or listen to Spotify without hammering their data.

In addition to all this, all future bids for new franchises and direct award agreements are going to have to include provisions for WiFi infrastructure. At the moment, the DoT are looking at improvements on Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern, Southeastern, Chiltern and Arriva Trains Wales.

Rail Minister Claire Perry said: “Free WiFi is a priority for many as being able to keep up with work, connect with friends or even check the latest journey information online helps make rail travel more productive."

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander, looking like a penis hiding in an old sock, said: “The government is earmarking around £50 million to provide free WiFi on trains; this and our other franchising improvements mean that nearly three-quarters of rail journeys will be made on trains with wi-fi provision."

TOPICS:   Technology   Travel

2 comments

  • We S.
    Everyone on trains is a Thomas the Tanker.
  • JonB
    Because good WiFi on trains is more important than getting them to run on time reliably with enough room for people to sit down*... This is a sticking plaster over the problem with the railways - trying to keep the customers quiet with free WiFi so that they won't mind so much about how appalling the service is. * Southeastern is apparently the worst value for money as rated by its customers.

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