David Cameron Announced £50m for Free Wi-fi on Trains

  • Thursday, February 12th, 2015
  • Author: Tim Maytom
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Tablet browser on trainFree wi-fi will be available on all trains across England and Wales by 2017, Prime Minister David Cameron has announced, with £50m to be invested in bringing internet access to all passengers.

Train operators are being contacted to address how they will meet the commitment to passengers, with any operators bidding for new franchises and direct award agreements having to include this specification in their bid.

In areas where there is no new franchise agreement due in the next 2 years, operators will be able to access some of the £50m fund from the Department of Transport to implement the change.

“I am determined to improve journeys for rail passengers,” said Rail Minister Claire Perry. “Free wi-fi is a priority for many as being able to keep up with work, connect with friends or even check the latest journey information online helps make rail travel more productive.

“We are investing record amounts in the rail network as part of our long-term economic plan, and this investment, coupled with major works such as the Thameslink programme, new Intercity Express trains and the Northern Hub, will ensure that passengers will soon have a railway fit for the 21st century.”