Virgin’s West Coast Main Line Pendolino trains are to offer high speed wireless internet access after the company reached a deal with T-Mobile to deploy their Wi-Fi HotSpot service. T-Mobile says the service will offer a wireless broadband connection throughout the entire journey, including all tunnel sections, at high speeds.
First Class passengers will get complimentary access to the service, while other passengers can purchase HotSpot passes online from their Wi-Fi enabled device. T-Mobile Mobile Broadband pay monthly customers have unlimited HotSpot access included in their plans, so will be able to access the new service at no extra cost.
The service will initially be rolled out on Virgin’s 52 Pendolino trains, and by mid Summer, the 21 Super Voyager trains will also be Wi-Fi enabled. Virgin’s West Coast Main Line services see around 22.5 million passenger journeys per annum.
Graham Leech, Executive Director Commercial for Virgin Trains added: We’re always looking at ways to improve the travel experience for our passengers so we’re pleased to be able to answer their requests for access to the internet on our trains. We hope this latest improvement to our services will make travelling all the more enjoyable and productive for all our passengers. T-Mobile and Nomad have a great track record for delivering these types of projects and we’re confident our customers will receive the fast, reliable internet access they require.