by Julian Goldsmith

Transport for London delivers free Wifi in 40 Underground stations

Jul 03, 20122 mins
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Transport for London (TfL) has made free Wifi available in over 40 stations on the underground network in an effort to keep passengers informed about service news and events during the 2012 London Olympic Games.

However, with just over three weeks to go, the Wifi provision falls short of the 80 stations promised earlier in March.

The service is provided by Virgin Media and is available to Tube passengers in the ticket halls, escalators and platforms. Users will be connected within trains, while they are at the stations, but there is no wifi service while in transit.

Users need to register an email address to connect to the service.

According to TfL, the service will be used by 100,000 passengers and has already demonstrated it can handle one million Tweets, Facebook posts, emails and web pages delivered in one week.

Passengers can get wifi connectivity at the following stations:

Euston Green Park Kings Cross St Pancras Oxford Circus Victoria Warren Street Chancery Lane Marylebone St James’s Park Tower Hill Barbican Bermondsey Borough Hyde Park Corner Southwark Bayswater Euston Square Waterloo Paddington on the Circle, District and Bakerloo lines. Westminster Covent Garden High Street Kensington Leicester Square Liverpool Street Old Street Bethnal Green Brixton Canada Water Canary Wharf Elephant & Castle Goodge Street Marble Arch Regents Park Holborn Stratford West Ham Angel Southfields Heathrow T1-3 North Greenwich Mile End

TfL has promised to keep the service freely available to Tube passengers after the Games has finished and extend the number of stations connected to 120 by the end of the year.

This roll-out will coincide with the deployment of limited free Wifi at 56 overground stations throughout the capital, slated for the second half of the year.

Users there will be allotted 60 minutes free internet access each day at each station once they go through a one-time registration process.