Virgin Trains rolls out on-board wireless internet access

29 Apr 2009 View Comments
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Virgin Trains had been planning to offer Wi-Fi since 2006. Pic Credit: Gene Hunt

After years of delays, Virgin Trains has finally completed the rollout of wireless internet access on all Pendolino trains serving West Coast main line destinations.

The implementation of T-Mobile-supplied wireless broadband technology was completed in March by Nomad Digital and will enable passengers to access the web throughout the entire journey, including all tunnel sections.

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“Wireless internet is now live across our Pendolino fleet and the service is forecast to be up and running in our Super Voyager trains by this summer,” a Virgin Trains spokeswoman told Computing.

According to the spokeswoman, the Wi-Fi implementation began towards the end of last year and the installation of receivers was carried out on a train-by-train basis.

Last August, Computing revealed the on-board wireless internet rollout was hit by delays – in September 2006, the operator announced it would introduce the facility the following year but the project was hampered by restricted access to trains.

The Wi-Fi service is free to passengers travelling first class, on-board and in the business lounge at stations.

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