Bus passengers get better connection thanks to free wi-fi

Swindon Advertiser: Thamesdown Transport is introducing free wi-fi on some of its routes. Pictured l to r are Paul Jenkins, Keith Smith and Maureen Corcoran Buy this photo » Thamesdown Transport is introducing free wi-fi on some of its routes. Pictured l to r are Paul Jenkins, Keith Smith and Maureen Corcoran

THAMESDOWN Transport is now travelling on the information superhighway thanks to the launch of free wi-fi for passengers on several of its buses.

Some buses on the 15 and 15a routes – which run between the town centre, Haydon End, Taw Hill, Oakhurst, Redhouse and Haydon Wick – have been fitted with wireless internet routers, in association with the Swindon Travel Choices project.

It means passengers can connect their smart phones, tablets and laptops to go online.

There is no sign-up process or password needed to access the internet. All passengers need to do is tick a box on screen to agree to terms and conditions of use.

Thamesdown Transport managing director, Paul Jenkins, said: “We’re always looking at ways to make travelling by bus attractive for people in Swindon and by offering free wi-fi, passengers can entertain themselves, catch up with their friends or read their emails on the go.

“As Services 15 and 15a are predominantly used by commuters and students, we thought this would be the perfect audience to trial our new wi-fi service, which in time may be rolled out across our fleet.”

Buses equipped with wi-fi will display a sign letting passengers know it is available, while leaflets on board the buses will explain how to connect.

For more information on Thamesdown Transport’s routes, visit www.thamesdownbus.com

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10:04am Thu 2 May 13

towny_gurl says...

I would rather they had spent the money on keeping fares down
I would rather they had spent the money on keeping fares down towny_gurl

10:57am Thu 2 May 13

gambon says...

Another waste of money why not just keep your fares down and encourage people to travel by public transport
Another waste of money why not just keep your fares down and encourage people to travel by public transport gambon

11:01am Thu 2 May 13

Al Smith says...

Wouldn't the money be better spent on providing a better service?

That said it is a good idea to provide it on the longer distance services (like to Marlborough or Cirencester).
Wouldn't the money be better spent on providing a better service? That said it is a good idea to provide it on the longer distance services (like to Marlborough or Cirencester). Al Smith

11:27am Thu 2 May 13

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

I would presume it's to provide a reason and encourage people to take public transport rather than take a car - wifi connectivity allowing you to work while someone else drives for you.
I would presume it's to provide a reason and encourage people to take public transport rather than take a car - wifi connectivity allowing you to work while someone else drives for you. The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man

1:04pm Thu 2 May 13

Hmmmf says...

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man wrote:
I would presume it's to provide a reason and encourage people to take public transport rather than take a car - wifi connectivity allowing you to work while someone else drives for you.
Work?
[quote][p][bold]The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man[/bold] wrote: I would presume it's to provide a reason and encourage people to take public transport rather than take a car - wifi connectivity allowing you to work while someone else drives for you.[/p][/quote]Work? Hmmmf

1:10pm Thu 2 May 13

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

Hmmmf wrote:
The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man wrote:
I would presume it's to provide a reason and encourage people to take public transport rather than take a car - wifi connectivity allowing you to work while someone else drives for you.
Work?
Yes, that's what I said - what's your point?
[quote][p][bold]Hmmmf[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man[/bold] wrote: I would presume it's to provide a reason and encourage people to take public transport rather than take a car - wifi connectivity allowing you to work while someone else drives for you.[/p][/quote]Work?[/p][/quote]Yes, that's what I said - what's your point? The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man

1:19pm Thu 2 May 13

house on the hill says...

Not so easy to work if you are stood up? And most would just use it to surf the internet or Facebook their friends and say "I am on Facebook on the bus isnt it great?" 2 people liked this and 3 million said get a flipping life!!!!
Not so easy to work if you are stood up? And most would just use it to surf the internet or Facebook their friends and say "I am on Facebook on the bus isnt it great?" 2 people liked this and 3 million said get a flipping life!!!! house on the hill

1:24pm Thu 2 May 13

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

house on the hill wrote:
Not so easy to work if you are stood up? And most would just use it to surf the internet or Facebook their friends and say "I am on Facebook on the bus isnt it great?" 2 people liked this and 3 million said get a flipping life!!!!
Why would you need to be stood up - that's what the seats are for....
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: Not so easy to work if you are stood up? And most would just use it to surf the internet or Facebook their friends and say "I am on Facebook on the bus isnt it great?" 2 people liked this and 3 million said get a flipping life!!!![/p][/quote]Why would you need to be stood up - that's what the seats are for.... The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man

3:36pm Thu 2 May 13

Hmmmf says...

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man... it's a number 15 bus, not a chauffeur-driven limousine. "...work while someone else drives for you" indeed. All those rich bankers and their wifi-enabled smartphones and tablets making more hedge-fund millions on the No.15 by using free wifi subsidised by the poorest and most vulnerable passengers...
The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man... it's a number 15 bus, not a chauffeur-driven limousine. "...work while someone else drives for you" indeed. All those rich bankers and their wifi-enabled smartphones and tablets making more hedge-fund millions on the No.15 by using free wifi subsidised by the poorest and most vulnerable passengers... Hmmmf

3:36pm Thu 2 May 13

LordCharles says...

Someone has not been on a number 15 lately.
Someone has not been on a number 15 lately. LordCharles

5:55pm Thu 2 May 13

beaulieu says...

Free WifI....WOW What a dynamic, innovative and forward thinking idea....surprised nobody thought of it earlier...fnar fnar
Free WifI....WOW What a dynamic, innovative and forward thinking idea....surprised nobody thought of it earlier...fnar fnar beaulieu

7:43pm Thu 2 May 13

Phantom Poster says...

Hmmmf wrote:
The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man... it's a number 15 bus, not a chauffeur-driven limousine. "...work while someone else drives for you" indeed. All those rich bankers and their wifi-enabled smartphones and tablets making more hedge-fund millions on the No.15 by using free wifi subsidised by the poorest and most vulnerable passengers...
In what way is it "subsidised (sic) by the poorest and most vulnerable passengers"?

I've lived in other towns where the local bus companies have offered wi-fi access.

How do you travel to work?
[quote][p][bold]Hmmmf[/bold] wrote: The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man... it's a number 15 bus, not a chauffeur-driven limousine. "...work while someone else drives for you" indeed. All those rich bankers and their wifi-enabled smartphones and tablets making more hedge-fund millions on the No.15 by using free wifi subsidised by the poorest and most vulnerable passengers...[/p][/quote]In what way is it "subsidised (sic) by the poorest and most vulnerable passengers"? I've lived in other towns where the local bus companies have offered wi-fi access. How do you travel to work? Phantom Poster

8:23am Fri 3 May 13

house on the hill says...

Thanks to freedom of choice over how i spend my money I travel everywhere by car. How do you travel to work?
Thanks to freedom of choice over how i spend my money I travel everywhere by car. How do you travel to work? house on the hill

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