GNER, a UK train operator, will be rolling out WiFi access to all 302 carriages of its Mark 4 fleet. This follows a successful trial launched in December.
Named the GNER Mobile Office, the first trains to run the service will be between Kings Cross and destinations in the East Midlands, Yorkshire, the North East and Scotland.
The on-train WiFi network is connected to a satellite to provide internet access. But what happens when you go into a tunnel? The network drops back to a GPRS connection.
The service is free to first class customers, everyone else pays £4.95 (€7.53) per hour.
“We are confident that the new service will encourage more people to take the train instead of driving or flying,” GNER CEO Christopher Garnett said. Cleaning the toilets once in a while might also be a good low-tech way of getting people to take a train too – just a suggestion.