Free Wi-Fi Coming to Scottish Trains
Published on: 17th Dec 2012
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UK based railway operator ScotRail has announced plans to deploy free Wi Fi on all 59 of ScotRail's 'class 170' trains. The fleet operates between most Scottish cities and in the Fife and Stirling areas.
At present four class 170s offer Wi-Fi connectivity, fitted as part of a trial launched in the summer. Customer feedback revealed that 77% of users were satisfied with the speed and performance of the Wi-Fi, with personal and business use found to be 72% and 28% respectively.
From March 2013 the number of Wi-Fi trains in passenger service will steadily increase, at a rate of five or six each month.
ScotRail is also drawing up plans to provide train running information and other useful services on its Wi-Fi landing page.
Steve Montgomery, managing director of ScotRail, said: "We are confident the installation of free Wi-Fi will be warmly welcomed by our customers. More journeys are made on our class 170s than any other of our trains, so it makes sense to begin the roll-out on this fleet.
"We will be fitting Wi-Fi during planned weekend maintenance, to avoid taking trains out of service."
The contract to install Wi-Fi has been awarded to Icomera, one of two companies who took part in the trial in the summer.