Kings Cross and Warren Street the first stations to benefit from the service, with four more stations added in the next two days
Virgin Media’s free Wi-Fi service for London Underground stations has today gone live at Kings Cross and Warren Street stations.
Oxford Circus and Green Park will follow tomorrow (June 8), with the service going live at Victoria and Euston stations on Friday (June 9). It means passengers on the Victoria line will be the first to benefit from Wi-Fi.
Up to 80 Tube stations across the capital, including Leicester Square, Liverpool Street and Stratford, will be connected by the end of next month and 120 stations are scheduled to go live by the end of the year.
The free Wi-Fi launches as an unlimited service and will be made available as part of Virgin Media;s broadband and mobile subscriptions following the conclusion of the Paralympic Games in September. It will also be available via prepay and other commercial models.
Passengers will have access to a new free online portal that will offer up-to-the-minute Transport for London (TfL) service information, including TfL’s journey planner, as well as entertainment and news content.
Virgin Media CEO Neil Berkett said: “Our plans for getting London Underground online were very ambitious from the start and, in less than just three months, we’ve launched a major new service, making London one of the world’s leading connected cities.”
London Underground director of strategy and service development Gareth Powell said: “Our new WiFi service is a fantastic deal for Londoners, with live travel updates, entertainment and news freely available to everyone while they are on the move across the capital.
“Wi-Fi at Tube stations will help us improve the journeys of the millions of people that use the Underground everyday at no cost to fare or tax payers.”
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson added: “We need to ensure London is able to cement its position as Europe’s leading digital city. Our partnership with Virgin Media to make WiFi available on Tube platforms will be of tremendous benefit as building world class connectivity is critical to supporting new businesses and the jobs they create, especially in the high-tech and creative sectors.”