London Underground free wi-fi services at Tube stations on track for summer launch

07:33 01 June 2012

The first London Underground stations where people will be able to get free wi-fi access during the summer have been named.

Stations including Oxford Circus, Stratford, Liverpool Street, Leicester Square and King’s Cross will be among the first to launch, with around 80 stations wi-fi enabled by the end of July in time for the Olympics, Transport for London said.

It means Londoners will be able to use wi-fi and mobile internet services at many Underground stations for the first time.

Due to the massive work involved, services will not be available on trains.

The contract – which the Mayor of London’s office says comes at zero cost to taxpayers – was awarded to Virgin Media.

At the end of the summer after the Olympic and Paralympic Games, wi-fi at Tube stations will be made available as part of Virgin Media’s broadband and mobile subscriptions.

To everyone else it will become a pay-as-you-go service, with only travel information available for free.

Gareth Powell, London Underground’s director of strategy and service development, said: “Our customers will soon be able to connect to the internet for live travel information while they are on the move through stations.

“Bringing a next generation wi-fi service to one of the world’s oldest underground transport networks is progressing as planned and the forthcoming service is testing well.

“The first stations include some of our busiest and most well-known destinations and we’re on-track for a successful launch this summer – all delivered at no additional cost to fare payers or taxpayers.”

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest London news

Monday, August 3, 2015
The victim was dragged into a secluded area near Tudor Close and raped (Photo: Google StreetView)

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was raped near Tudor Close in Brixton Hill in a seemingly random attack on Sunday.

Monday, August 3, 2015
The new 24 hour strike is set for August 5 (Picture: Getty)

London Underground (LU) and the transport unions are trying to avoid a 24 hour strike from Wednesday, but Unite has already rejected the offer on the table.

Monday, August 3, 2015
Oxford Circus just before the last Tube strike (Picture by Twitter / Geoffrey Barraclough)

As Unite rejects TfL’s pay deal, it seems that Wednesday’s Tube strike is likely to go ahead. Here’s our guide to what will be happening.

Monday, August 3, 2015
Travellers were ushered out of the station (Photo: Steven Gray @Frogo)

All passengers were evacuated from Baker Street Underground station this morning because of a fire alert.

Monday, August 3, 2015
This 15-year-old girl, Reneisha Brown, has been missing since July 31 (Picture: Met Police)

A 15-year-old girl, Reneisha Brown, was last seen in Bounds Green on July 31 and police have now launched an appeal to find her.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Get your hands on some fresh trainers!

Need some new shoes to head to work or some new heels for a night on the cobbles? London24 has teamed up with online retailer Sole Trader to offer £100 worth of shoes to one lucky reader.

Read more
Take in the stunning sites of London from the summit of the O2!

Up at The O2 has teamed up with London24 to give one lucky reader the chance to experience urban mountaineering this summer with an exhilarating 90-minute climb across the roof of one of London’s most iconic landmarks.

Read more
Terrific tea, creamy cakes and splendid sandwiches at Mews of Mayfair.

Celebrate a truly quintessentially British tradition with the chance of winning a luxurious Afternoon Tea for two people at Mews of Mayfair, complete with a glass of Veuve Clicquot champagne.

Read more