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20.06.12

Free wi-fi for ScotRail trains launched

A new wi-fi trial has been launched in Scotland, offering passengers free access to the internet on trains between Edinburgh and Glasgow.

The £250,000 scheme will see digital communications systems fitted to four ScotRail trains and customers will be asked to complete an online questionnaire to further inform the trial.

If successful, the initiative could be rolled out across the whole ScotRail network.

Transport minister Keith Brown launched the scheme, and said: “A major challenge for transport operators is how to ensure we embrace new technologies to allow passengers to get on with their busy lives while travelling.

First step

“Business organisations have been very clear that wi-fi access on commuter routes would boost competitiveness inScotlandand this pilot is the first step to delivering that.

“We are working towards bringing the internet to every corner of Scotland, including ensuring people can get online even when they're on the move, be that commuting to and from work or travelling socially.”

Steve Montgomery, ScotRail’s managing director, added: “Customers should look out for wi-fi signage on train doors and windows, particularly on the Edinburgh-Glasgow route. The feedback we receive will play an important role in shaping the next steps for improving internet connectivity on our trains.”

For more on the latest implementations of wi-fi on rail, see the June/July issue of RTM.

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