London Overground Passengers Now Set to Benefit From WiFi Connections at Stations
In a new bid that will keep up with the constant demand for internet access, the London Overground has introduced WiFi to 50 stations on the orbital rail network that operates around the capital.
The service, which is provided free from The Cloud, allows passengers at the designated stations to use mobile devices, ie a Blackberry, iPhone, iPad or even a laptop, to browse the internet, access their social networks and get free, real-time travel information from Transport for London, enhancing their travel experience as a whole.
First 60 minutes are free
The first 60 minutes at each station are completely free to the user and can be used over the period of 24 hours, after which a charge will be applicable.
Peter Austin, Managing Director of London Overground Rail Operations Limited: We are always looking for ways to make the London Overground even more convenient than it already is and believe the introduction of free WiFi can only improve and enhance our passenger journeys.
It complements the modern commuting railway service we already offer and is also fitting for what is one of the best performing railways in the UK.
Passengers will have to go through a onetime registration which will then allow them to use the service at any given station.
57 stations in total planned to operate the service
The WiFi service went live from 15th February at 50 stations, with another planned 7 stations to be in receipt of the service by the end of June and with 60 percent of UK 16-24 year olds now owning a mobile phone, it is a move that is set to please a plethora of travellers.
Stations that will operate the service include:
- North London: Willesden Junction and West Hampstead
- South London: New Cross Gate, Forest Hill, West Croydon and Norwood Junction
- East London: Surrey Quays, Dalston, Wapping and Hackney Central
- West London: Kensington Olympia and Shepherd’s Bush
Allows commuters to work on the go
Vince Russell, Managing Director at The Cloud, said: ‘London Overground stations are a hive of activity for people travelling in and out of London.
‘This is especially true of workers commuting into the city.
‘For these people, the ability to check emails or perhaps access work documents on the go is vital.
‘Relying on 3G or 4G connection in locations where network traffic comes in peaks means that passengers are sometimes left frustrated at slow connection times during busier periods.
‘We’re delighted to be working with London Overground to provide this service which will offer a fast, reliable internet connection to people as they wait for their trains.’