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18.02.13

London Overground stations to offer wi-fi by the summer

All London Overground stations will offer wi-fi by the end of June, TfL has announced. 50 stations are covered as of February 15.

The service allows passengers to use their mobile devices to browse the internet after registering. The first 60 minutes are free each day at each station and the contract with The Cloud allows access in ticket halls, corridors and platforms, but not on London Overground trains.

Peter Austin, managing director of LOROL, said: “We are always looking for ways to make the London Overground even more convenient than it already is and believe the introduction of free wi-fi can only improve and enhance our passenger journeys.

“It complements the modern commuting railway service we already offer and is also fitting for what is one of the best performing railways in the UK.”

Vince Russell, managing director at The Cloud, said: “London Overground stations are a hive of activity for people travelling in and out of London. For these people, the ability to check emails or perhaps access work documents on the go is vital.”

Howard Smith, chief rail operating officer for TfL London Rail, who sits on RTM’s editorial board, said: “In recent years the value of passenger-to-passenger communication during service disruptions has been well demonstrated and we are happy to further enable and support that phenomenon as an enhancement to our modern, 21st-century railway in the capital.”

After the initial 60-minute period, users will be offered the following wi-fi charges if they wish to continue: £2.99 for 30 minutes, £4.50 for one hour, £9.99 for 24 hours or £11.99 for seven days.

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