People travelling to London on certain routes will soon get access to free and fast Wi-Fi, ministers have announced.
The new service is being implemented as a result of National Rail being fined £53.1 million by the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR). National Rail failed to meet several key punctuality targets over a period of five years on its long-distance services. In the past, critics have stated that it is pointless fining National Rail, as it simply means that less money is spent on improving the service. To tackle this problem, the fine is being spent on a brand new Wi-Fi service, reports bbc.co.uk.
More than £90 million in total will be spent on the free Wi-Fi, so the fine will only fund part of the project. Commuters who travel to London from Portsmouth, Brighton, Kent and Bedford will be able to use the service, reports buyingbusinesstravel.com. Certain services into Manchester will also have Wi-Fi access.
The Wi-Fi will be ten times faster than the services currently in place. Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin comments that passengers believe that a better service should be available, which is exactly what this scheme will provide.
“We all know how frustrating it can be to have our phone calls and internet use constantly disrupted by poor signal while travelling on trains,” he explains. “At the moment it happens too often.”