Latest Rail News

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.

Tell us what you think – have your say below, or email us directly at opinion@railtechnologymagazine.com 

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

related

Rail industry Focus

View all News

Comment

The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >

'the sleepers' blog

Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

12/08/2019Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

Anna- Jane Hunter, is a ‘proud northerner’ and is passionate about continuing the investment and success story of rail across the North.  She plays a key role in working with government and northern leaders to enable the network... more >
read more blog posts from 'the sleeper' >

Interviews

Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he would not rule out his organisation issuing future r... more >
Malcolm Holmes, executive director of West Midlands Rail Executive, announced as TCR Midlands speaker in Birmingham

24/06/2019Malcolm Holmes, executive director of West Midlands Rail Executive, announced as TCR Midlands speaker in Birmingham

Ahead of his appearance, Malcolm Holmes spoke with Rail Technology Magazine about what key leaders in the industry were doing to improve rail in the Midlands. He said: “It’s very... more >