London's Overground network is set to get free Wi-Fi access at all stations starting from this summer in a contract signed with Wi-Fi provider The Cloud.
The move follows a similar deal earlier this month for Wi-Fi on Underground stations that will be delivered by telecoms firm Virgin Media.
According to The Cloud, rollout of its wireless service for London Overground stations will begin in the summer and is expected to be available at all 56 stations operated by London Overground by the end of the year.
Under the terms of the deal, London Overground passengers will be able to get 60 minutes of free internet access at every station, but this will have no impact on fares and will also not impose any additional costs on London taxpayers, the company said.
Although free, users will need to sign up for the service via a one-time registration process available at all stations, while Wi-Fi access will also be available in the immediate vicinity of stations.
"Access to the internet is no longer limited solely to home or to the workplace, and people's expectation is to be able to work and communicate effectively and seamlessly while they're on the move, so we're delighted to support this initiative which will bring reliable, free Wi-Fi to London Overground's customers," said London Overground managing director of rail operations, Steve Murphy.
However, many customers are likely to be disappointed that the wireless service is only available at stations, and not on board the trains themselves.
The same limitation applies to the Wi-Fi service being implemented by Virgin Media for the London Underground network.
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