Funds ready to install express Wi-fi on rail route

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RAIL commuters in Swindon could be set for a boost after it emerged the government is set to install high-speed Wi-fi on a number of key routes, including the mainline to London.

The move will partly be paid for by the £53 million fine Network Rail was hit with yesterday for late delays.

It is hoped work will start on the £90 million scheme shortly and will be in place by 2017.

The latest announcement comes as Network Rail continues with the electrification of the line and plans are being drawn up to link Swindon with Heathrow.

Swindon North MP Justin Tomlinson said: “This is very positive for commuters and will be warmly welcomed by travellers.

“This is another part of the government’s ongoing investment in the railways which is at its highest level since the Victorian times.”

Network Rail Chief Executive Mark Carne said: “The increasing availability of mobile broadband on trains will mean rail travel is an even more attractive option for many people as they can make better productive use of their journey time.

“We welcome the announcement today of the additional funds to roll this out across the network more quickly.”

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9:19am Tue 8 Jul 14

redbythesea says...

Fantastic, as long as you enjoy using the internet whilst standing in an overcrowded corridor! I would have thought more seating during the rush hour would have been more important.
Fantastic, as long as you enjoy using the internet whilst standing in an overcrowded corridor! I would have thought more seating during the rush hour would have been more important. redbythesea
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10:22am Tue 8 Jul 14

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

Well I had cause to use the train to London recently (gladly, I wasn't paying as the peak time fee of £130 was ridiculous). Maybe I was lucky on the few days I was using the train but I have to say there was no "overcrowding" or lack of seats. There were a few selfish people who seemed to need an additional seat for their laptop/tablet/bag etc) but the ticket inspector told them off :)

In fact, if I had the misfortune to have to do a regular trip into London the train would be the way I would go!
Well I had cause to use the train to London recently (gladly, I wasn't paying as the peak time fee of £130 was ridiculous). Maybe I was lucky on the few days I was using the train but I have to say there was no "overcrowding" or lack of seats. There were a few selfish people who seemed to need an additional seat for their laptop/tablet/bag etc) but the ticket inspector told them off :) In fact, if I had the misfortune to have to do a regular trip into London the train would be the way I would go! The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man
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5:17pm Tue 8 Jul 14

John~R says...

Will they invest on upgrading the WiFi on trains that will get replaced in a few years when the electrification finally happens?
Will they invest on upgrading the WiFi on trains that will get replaced in a few years when the electrification finally happens? John~R
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