Wi-Fi arrives at 40 London Underground stations

London Underground network sees Wi-Fi hit 40 stations, further 80 to be added

Virgin Media’s new London Underground WiFi service is now available at 40 tube stations, offering full internet access until the end of the summer

Launched four weeks ago by Virgin Media, the new London Underground Wi-Fi service will now be available at over 40 Tube stations across the capital.

During the London 2012 Olympics and beyond, tube travellers will have access to TfL travel pages for live journey information, as well as Time Out, Spotify and MyMovies.Net for free from the platform.

Expect to extend to over 120 stations by the end of the year, the Wi-Fi service is being delivered at no additional cost to fare or tax payers.

Kevin Baughan, Director of Metro Wireless at Virgin Media, said: “With millions of smartphones, gadgets and devices taken onto the Tube each day, the demand for data continues to grow and we’re rolling-out a future-proofed service that makes super fast wireless connections the standard. In partnership with TfL, we’ve achieved a huge amount and have launched a service London can be proud of.”

During the summer, Virgin Media is offering free, full internet access to all passengers. After that, the service will reduce down to their comprehensive Wi-Fi portal with TfL travel info, updates and London news and entertainment free to all customers.

Virgin Media broadband and mobile subscribers will still have access to the full service, and a Pay as You Go option will be available to all other mobile customers and London visitors.

With the service having already been used by over 100,000 passengers to send and access over one millions Tweets, Facebook posts, emails and web pages, the London Underground WiFi looks set to be a very popular tube addition.

To use the new free WiFi service, London Underground passengers simply need to connect to the service and register their email address to enable them to get internet access at the station and on the platforms.

Do you use the London Underground system on a regular basis? Will the introduction of Wi-Fi networks add to your commute or infuriate you with added hassle? Let us know via the T3 Twitter and Facebook feeds.

Words: Samantha Loveridge