Londoners and tourists using the famous London Undergound system will now have access to the internet as Wi-Fi became available at various stations around the capital city on Thursday. Commuters no longer have to worry about being completely out of touch as they can now access the internet from their iPads, iPhones and other devices below ground.
The first stations to receive Wi-Fi were Warren Street and King’s Cross, followed by Oxford Circus and Green Park. 80 more Underground stations will follow during the summer in preparation for the upcoming 2012 Olympic Games. By the end of the year, about 120 tube stations are expected to have Wi-Fi, including those particularly far underground.
Transport for London (TfL) said that the service would come at no cost to taxpayers or farepayers until the completion of the Olympics. However, from September, free access will be limited to the Virgin portal and TfL travel news.
Virgin Media, TfL’s partner for the service, said it was “a truly historic moment, as we connect millions of tube passengers to the wonderful world of the internet for the first time”.
Source: The Guardian