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Rail passengers could get high-speed WiFi by 2025

New proposals that would bring about a major improvement in rail connectivity could be introduced by 2025.

New proposals could bring about a major improvement in rail connectivity

New proposals could bring about a major improvement in rail connectivity

The Department for Transport plans – which are open for consultation under a call for evidence until close of play on 7 February – would ‘future-proof’ connectivity by rolling out fibre optic cables and mobile masts alongside tracks to provide gigabit speeds to trains. This could enable several hundred passengers to stream uninterrupted video content at the same time.

Current rail passenger connectivity is largely delivered through mobile phone networks operating from remote (non-trackside) masts, meaning coverage is patchy and in many places, non existent.

Minister for Digital Matt Hancock said: “We’ve got a long way to travel but our destination is world-class signal for passengers. This will not only make journeys more enjoyable and productive, but will help improve the operation and safety of the railway and deliver economic benefits for the whole of the UK.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.