GNER Trains in the UK is launching a new WiFi service for commuters on its East Coast Main Line. Ten trains will be equipped with wireless internet access, so if your train actually turns up, you can let people know how late you’re going to be. You can even email pictures of the motionless countryside, if you have a camera. A further ten trains will have WiFi installed in them over the summer.
First class passengers will get “free” access (i.e. it’s included in the astronomical cost of a train ticket), whereas standard fare ticket holders will pay between UK£2.95 and UK£9.95 (€4.40 and €14.83), depending on the length of access. Could be particularly expensive in the Autumn, depending on which kind of leaves fall.
The service can operate on trains travelling up to 125 miles per hour, but given that nothing has moved on our rail network at that speed for at least 100 years, passengers should enjoy uninterrupted access.