London buses to offer free Wi-Fi

Transport for London (TfL) is to trial free Wi-Fi services on buses across the city, it has been announced.

Although the project will only be featured on two buses to begin with (a route 12 bus between Dulwich and Oxford Circus, and a route RV1 bus between Covent Garden and Tower Hill), it is hoped that the trials will be successful enough that sponsors get involved, allowing TfL to roll out free Wi-Fi on more buses, reports.

Londoners and visitors will be able to stay connected on routes without exhausting their mobile data allocation. Browsing social media and internet on the move, for example, will become far easier for commuters.

The wi-fi trials are all part of TfL’s ‘Year of the Bus’, a celebration of the buses’ contribution to London. Advanced CCTV technology allowing passengers to see if there are seats available on the upper decks has also been trialled, notes.

Simon Reed, head of TfL’s technical service group, said: “London buses have always led the way with new technology on its network, benefiting the millions of passengers who make the most of the extensive network every day.

“Innovation is a key theme of the Year of the Bus and we have worked with our suppliers to find new and innovative ways to further improve the experience of our passengers. These trials will establish whether this technology provides genuine benefits to people on the move.”