Virgin Media has announced the first London underground stations which will be graced with free Wi-Fi access this summer, before the Olympics comes to town.
There will be 80 stations fully Wi-Fi enabled by the end of July, and they’ll include Oxford Circus, Stratford, Liverpool Street, Leicester Square and King’s Cross. A full list of the stations is given below this article…
Commuters on the platforms of said stations will be able to browse the web, keep updated with TfL travel information on their train, and use TfL’s journey planner to help make their way around the capital.
Virgin notes that a recent capacity test at Chancery Lane involved hundreds of devices being connected to the service, to replicate the demand of a packed train arriving at the station. Presumably it all went swimmingly.
Gareth Powell, London Underground’s Director of Strategy and Service Development, said: “Our customers will soon be able to connect to the internet for live travel information while they are on the move through stations.
“Bringing a next generation Wi-Fi service to one of the world’s oldest underground transport networks is progressing as planned and the forthcoming service is testing well.”
“The first stations include some of our busiest and most well-known destinations and we’re on-track for a successful launch this summer – all delivered at no additional cost to fare payers or tax payers.”
Unfortunately, as we’ve previously reported, after the Olympics the Wi-Fi service won’t stay free to everyone, just Virgin Media customers. However, the TfL travel information will remain accessible to all.
List of Virgin’s Initial Free Wi-Fi Underground Stations:
Aldgate East, Elephant & Castle, London Bridge, St Paul’s, Angel, Embankment, Manor House, Stepney Green, Archway, Euston, Mansion House, Stockwell, Arsenal, Euston Square, Marble Arch, Stratford, Barbican, Finsbury Park, Marylebone , Swiss Cottage, Bayswater, Goodge Street, Mile End, Temple, Bermondsey, Green Park, North Greenwich, Tottenham Hale, Bethnal Green, Hammersmith (District/Picc), Old Street, Tower Hill, Blackhorse Road, Heathrow T1-3, T4, Oval, Tufnell Park, Borough, Oxford Circus, Vauxhall, Brixton, High Street Kensington, Paddington (Main), Victoria, Caledonian Road, Highbury & Islington, Piccadilly Circus, Walthamstow Central, Camden Town, Holborn, Pimlico, Warren Street, Canada Water, Holland Park, Queensway, Warwick Avenue, Canary Wharf, Hyde Park Corner, Regents Park, Waterloo, Canning Town, Kentish Town, Seven Sisters, Wembley Central, Chancery Lane, Kings Cross/St Pancras, Southfields, Wembley Park, Charing Cross, Lambeth North, Southwark, West Ham, Clapham North, Lancaster Gate, St James Park, Wimbledon Park, Covent Garden, Leicester Square, St Johns Wood, Westminster, Edgware Road (Circle) and Liverpool Street.