Commuters who travel on the East Midlands Train (Stagecoach Group) service will be pleased to learn that the operator has teamed-up with The Cloud (BSkyB) to roll-out a free wireless internet (WiFi) service for rail passengers across 30 of its stations including major hubs like Nottingham, Sheffield, Derby and Leicester.
It’s worth pointing out that the East Midlands Train service has already wifi enabled its entire Meridian fleet (27 units), which covers journeys on the London-Sheffield and London-Nottingham routes. That work was completed way back in 2010 by Nomad Digital (here).
Neil Micklethwaite, Commercial Director of East Midlands Trains, said:
“We already offer WiFi on our trains and in our first class lounges at stations. Now with The Cloud in place we will complete the WiFi package by adding all other areas to the mix, from platforms to retail and food & beverage venues. The Content Portal will be a particularly useful tool for customers as it provides a one-stop-shop of information, including London Underground travel updates – something that should be especially beneficial to those commuting in and out of the capital.
This deal is all part of our £10 million investment project which aims to improve the customer experience at all of our stations. Adapting to the mobile boom by providing free WiFi to our customers is a key element of this.”
The new service will be launched in early 2013.
Note to Train Spotters: The picture for this article is just of a random train. Sorry folks.