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Virgin adds 20 more London Underground Wi-Fi stations

11 Dec 2012
A passenger uses Wi-Fi on the London Underground powered by Virgin Media

Virgin Media has announced that its public Wi-Fi services is available at another 20 London Underground stations.

The new stations include Camden Town, Clapham Common and Notting Hill Gate. This takes the number of enabled stations to 92, with a further 28 locations still to be added in the first part of 2013.

"The arrival of Wi-Fi at these extra 20 stations will allow even more of our passengers to connect to the net while they are on the move across London," said Gareth Powell, director of Strategy and Service Development for London Underground.

The service has been live since the summer in time for the London Olympics and to date around 800,000 people have signed up to use the service, with tourists and locals alike taking advantage of the service, which has remained free throughout the year.

From next year though, the service will cost from £2 per day, £5 per week or £15 per month, although customers on EE and Vodafone will be given free access, as well as Virgin broadband and mobile customers.

"Our wholesale agreement with EE and Vodafone will keep the majority of Tube users connected for no extra cost," said Jon James, executive director of broadband at Virgin Media.

Everyone else will still be able access Virgin's information portal of travel and entertainment news.

The other stations now online are: Belsize Park, Chalk Farm, Highgate, Lancaster Gate, Clapham South, Balham, Oval, Seven Sisters, South Kensington, Swiss Cottage, Bounds Green, Finsbury Park, Holloway Road, Russell Square, Turnpike Lane, Wood Green and Mornington Crescent.

The move adds yet more Wi-Fi access to the capital, with an announcement on Monday that a London start-up called EyeTease has been given the go-ahead to deploy Wi-Fi in classic London taxi cabs from the start of next year.

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Dan Worth

Dan Worth is the news editor for V3 having first joined the site as a reporter in November 2009. He specialises in a raft of areas including fixed and mobile telecoms, data protection, social media and government IT. Before joining V3 Dan covered communications technology, data handling and resilience in the emergency services sector on the BAPCO Journal

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