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First Great Western Trains UK to Expand FREE WiFi Service

Posted Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 (10:34 am) by Mark Jackson (Score 342)

Rail operator First Great Western (FGW), which has already made a free wireless internet service available at 23 stations across the United Kingdom via The Cloud (BSkyB), has announced that it’s working with Nomad Digital to ensure that all 53 of their High Speed Trains and Night Riviera trains are also fitted with WiFi.

Apparently work on fitting the High Speed Trains with WiFi will start in May 2014 and full completion is expected by the end of that same year. Similarly WiFi on the two daily Night Riviera services will be available by June 2014.

Mark Hopwood, MD of First Great Western, said:

We have trialled WiFi on board our fleet of Class 180 trains, serving the north Cotswolds, and it has been very well received by customers. I am delighted that we are able to extend this free service, and within the next year all high speed and Sleeper fleet customers will be able to read their emails, browse the web, or simply catch up with friends while on the move.”


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  1. I have used their free wifi a few times (still don’t see it on most of the trains I use).

    I really appreciate the fact it is free. Having said that, I would probably not be that impressed if I had to pay for it (like those poor bods on Virgin trains are made to), since at the end of the day it is still “mobile” and thus has a habit of dropping in and out during the journey (and not just in tunnels!).

    I use a Three dongle when there is no wifi. Although the wifi is better than the dongle it is not that much better most of the time if I am honest.

  2. Rupees Burdoch

    The Cloud is a great service and i know Great Western commuters absolutely love it. It’s definitely the market leading solution for those needing wifi on the go.

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