It’s good to hear of the progress being made by Virgin Media as it continues to roll out its free Wi-Fi services to London Tube stations.
Although it will only remain free until the end of the Paralympic Games in September, this initiative, skillfully seized by Virgin Media, surely represents ‘historic’ progess for Londoners.
The Tube network just about met the demands of the recent Jubilee celebrations, with many questioning how it would cope with the impending Olympic Games. This was followed by what seems to be a habitual nightmare scenario for passengers - trains getting stuck in tunnels for all sorts of reasons. The recent flooding of the Central Line caused misery for countless commuters.
So it was like a breath of fresh air hearing Virgin Media CEO Neil Berkett speak about the Wi-Fi developments his company is bringing to the capital’s Tube stations: ‘This is a truly historic moment as we connect millions of Tube passengers to the wonderful world of the internet for the first time ever. 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.
‘By putting the power of Virgin Media’s next generation fibre optic network in the hands of Londoners and visitors, we’re able to showcase our great capital and celebrate a momentous summer.’
The network went live last week at King’s Cross and Warren Street stations. This was followed by a rollout of the technology to passengers at Victoria and Euston. And now Oxford Circus and Green Park are the latest Underground stations to get free Wi-Fi.
Virgin Media says it is aiming to connect 80 stations by the end of July and 120 stations by the end of this year.
Let’s hope these positive developments continue with full connectivity being achieved on the London Underground network.