Virgin Trains rolls out wireless internet

Virgin Trainsis rolling out wireless internet access on its west coast mainline service.

The rollout, run by T-Mobile and Nomad Digital, will initially be extended to Virgin’s 52 Pendolino tilting trains.

By mid-summer, its 21 Super Voyager trains, another type of diesel train, will also be equipped.

Virgin Trains handle 22.5 million passenger journeys each year on the west coast main line.

Passengers can pay for the service on their laptops, unless they are T-Mobile pay monthly broadband customers, or first class passengers, and receive the service for free. The service works on all parts of the line, including inside tunnels.

Virgin Trains selected T-mobile and Nomad Digital after the companies worked on the world’s first ever in-train broadband Wi-Fi service, on the London to Brighton Southern route as well as on the Heathrow Express trains.

Graham Leech, executive commercial director for Virgin Trains, said: “We hope this latest improvement to our services will make travelling all the more enjoyable and productive for all our passengers.”

A year ago, Virgin worked with Vodafone, a competitor to T-Mobile, to increase the mobile phone coverage in its carriages.


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