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Free public Wi-Fi trialled on London buses

Thursday, August 7th 2014 by
Free Wi-Fi trial for London buses (Thinkstock/iStock)

A free Wi-Fi service is being trialled on two London buses.

Transport for London (TfL) has announced the launch of a free public Wi-Fi service on two buses.

As of this week, passengers can connect to the wireless internet network while on board the buses, allowing them to keep up to date with social media, browse the web, watch catch-up TV and more as they travel.

The technology will be installed on a route 12 bus running between Dulwich and Oxford Circus, and a route RV1 bus operating between Covent Garden and Tower Hill.

If successful, it's hoped that the trial will attract sponsors to support the rollout of free Wi-Fi on more buses in the TfL fleet. This funding model would ensure that the service is made more widely available at no additional cost to passengers or taxpayers.

Simon Reed, Head of TfL's Technical Services Group, said London's bus network has always been a leader when it comes to adopting innovative new technologies.

"We have worked with our suppliers to find new and innovative ways to further improve the experience of our passengers," he added. 

"These trials will establish whether this technology provides genuine benefits to people on the move."

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