Free Wi-Fi Should Be On Chiltern’s Trains By 2017

Chiltern train
Chiltern train

Free wifi should be on all of Chiltern Railways trains passing through Buckinghamshire by 2017, thanks to £50m from the government.

Chiltern is one of five companies set to benefit from the funding, which will mean you get a decent signal on all their trains.

Train operators are being asked by the Department for Transport to set how they will meet the commitment to provide this important service for passengers.

All train operators bidding for new franchises and direct award agreements will have to include this specification in their bid.

Chiltern is included in the group of operators, because they will definitely still be in charge of the Aylesbury and Mainline routes in 2017.

Rail Minister Claire Perry said: “I am determined to improve journeys for rail passengers. Free Wi-Fi is a priority for many as being able to keep up with work, connect with friends or even check the latest journey information online helps make rail travel more productive.

“We are investing record amounts in the rail network as part of our long-term economic plan, and this investment, coupled with major works such as the Thameslink programme, new Intercity Express trains and the Northern hub, will ensure that passengers will soon have a railway fit for the 21st century.”

The operators will now work with the department to develop detailed proposals identifying the most appropriate services and routes to benefit.

The £47.8 million funding is money that Network Rail has been required to return to the government for missing punctuality targets set by the Office of Rail Regulation. It is the first time such money has been reinvested into improvements targeted at passengers.

Out of the £53.1 million total penalty against Network Rail, £5.3 million has been allocated to the Scottish Government, in line with the proportion of the penalty paid by Network Rail for late train running in Scotland.