ScotRail on second phase of WiFi rollout, to fit Class 334 trains

Monday, October 31st 2016

ScotRail's plans to rollout Wi-Fi across 90% of its services by autumn of 2018, is steaming ahead. In its second phase of development, its Class 334 fleet will now be Wi-Fi enabled, bringing free-on-board Wi-Fi on services between Helensburgh and Edinburgh.

In the later half of 2018, ScotRail network will provide Wi-Fi to nearly 90% of its trains which includes some of the most scenic routes, like the West Highland Line. The on-board Wi-Fi service will be supplemented across Scotland by 52 hotspots at the stations.

Trains serving on the main inter-city routes of Scotland have already got Wi-Fi equipment, supplied by Icxomera, installed. Next in line to be equipped with free connectivity includes trains from Dalmally to Dumfries.

Installation of the wireless facility on Class 318 and 320 fleets will begin shortly. The service will cover Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Inverclyde and from January next year, over East Killbride and Glasgow South West routes. From autumn of 2017, all High Speed Train and Class 385 fleets will be running services with free Wi-Fi live on-board.

Jacqueline Taggart, Dierctor of Customer Experience at ScotRail, said a great thing about travelling by train, is one can work and it is important to get connected on the go. They have been enhancing and upgrading equipment over the past few months, installing WiFi on many trains, making it more reliable than ever, she added.

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