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02.10.13

Better broadband for train passengers

High speed mobile broadband is to be expanded across the rail network, transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has announced. 

By 2019, 70% of the travelling public will benefit from better signal as Network Rail upgrades its mobile infrastructure and on-board equipment is installed to boost signal. Network Rail and the rail industry are working on a business case to fund the improvements. 

McLoughlin said: “There are few things more frustrating than trying to phone a friend or access the internet, only to be thwarted by bad signal. Passengers deserve to have the best mobile technology and that is why I am pleased that industry is coming together to make that a reality. 

“Be it hardworking commuters preparing for the day on their journey into work or leisure travellers making final plans for their weekend away, today’s announcement marks the beginning of the end of poor coverage on our railways.” 

East Coast also announced a £2.2m upgrade of its onboard wireless internet systems, which will be rolled out from 2014. 

Commercial and customer service director Peter Williams said: “We know that wi-fi is one of the key reasons why people choose to travel with us, instead of driving or flying.

“It’s vital that our system keeps up with rapidly rising demand from passengers, starting with a more reliable connection into the system from the moment their journey with us begins.

“The investment we are making will upgrade the consistency of the service, by replacing on-train servers, access points and switching equipment which is used to deliver wi-fi in every carriage.”

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