Free WiFi on First Great Western trains

train First Great Western have announced that 53 of their high-speed trains will have free WiFi for passengers from June 2014. It'll take a while because the company have to equip the trains with the relevant equipment.

FGW did a deal with Nomad Digital which means the partnership will roll out the free WiFi across the rail operator’s fleet.

The company's free WiFi trials of its class 180 trains have been well received said FGW’s Managing Director Mark Hopwood: "I am delighted that we are able to extend this free service, and within the next year all High Speed and Sleeper fleet customers will be able to read their emails, browse the web, or simply catch up with friends while on the move."

This comes on the back of Virgin Media offering free WiFito commuters on the London Underground, while Sky's 'Cloud' offers WiFi at the stations of the London Overground. If this keeps up, all the train operators will have to follow suit, if only through professional jealousy.

Here's hoping. It is about time we got something back for the ridiculous price rises in tickets.

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