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London Euston railway station, source: Network Rail

UK’s busiest train stations will be covered with free Wi-Fi

British infrastructure manager Network Rail intends to install fast and free Wi-Fi at the busiest train stations in the United Kingdom. Currently, this service is available only at two stations – Euston and London Bridge.

Network Rail plans to launch the new service from Spring 2020, starting with London Victoria station. The entire deployment at all the busiest stations will take around one year. To install free Wi-Fi connection, Network Rail has established the partnership with telent, a British radio, telecommunication, and Internet provider. “We all have smartphones and tablets now which means that journeys are no longer dead time, so the station experience shouldn’t be either. Our passengers expect seamless connectivity from their train to our stations, to their place of work, and to their homes, so I am pleased that millions of passengers who use our stations will soon have access to free, fast and secure WiFi,” said Andrew Haines, CEO of Network Rail.

Network Rail stations

It is worth to note that Network Rail operates only 20 busiest railway stations across the UK. 11 of them are located in the London area: Cannon Street, Charing Cross, Clapham Junction, Euston, King’s Cross, London Bridge, Liverpool Street, Paddington, St Pancras International, Victoria and Waterloo. Nine other locations are scattered across the country and include the railway stations of Birmingham New Street, Bristol Temple Meads, Edinburgh Waverley, Glasgow Central, Guildford, Leeds, Liverpool Lime Street, Manchester Piccadilly and Reading. Most of the train stations in the UK are managed by train operating companies as a part of rail franchises. They are also responsible for providing Wi-Fi service at these stations.

Author: Mykola Zasiadko

Mykola Zasiadko is editor of online trade magazines RailTech.com and RailFreight.com.

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