London Overground passengers get free Wi-Fi

By Rob Virtue on February 15, 2013 12:36 PM |

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Free Wi-Fi is now being offered at 50 stations on the London Overground network, including many on the section running through east London.

Provided by The Cloud it will allow passengers to use their mobile devices to browse the internet, use social networks and get real-time travel information from Transport for London.

Users get a free hour every day at each station.

Peter Austin, managing director of the London Overground service, said: "We are always looking for ways to make the London Overground even more convenient than it already is and believe the introduction of free Wi-Fi 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."

Vince Russell, managing director at The Cloud, said the Wi-Fi service would drastically improve passengers connectivity.

"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," he said.

"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."

Stations among the initial roll-out include Surrey Quays, Dalston and Wapping.

All Overground stations will be linked to the Wi-Fi service by June. Shoreditch and Shadwell will be online by the end of February.

The service is available in ticket halls, corridors and platforms but not on trains. Wapping will have no Wi-Fi on platforms as it is too far underground.

After the first free hour, if passenger want to carry on using the Wi-Fi at the same station they will be offered rates such as £4.50 an hour or £9.99 a day.

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