London Overground passengers will be able to get 60 minutes of free WiFi a day at every station by the end of 2012.
The deal with Sky-owned WiFi provider The Cloud comes hot on the heels of Virgin Media signing up to put WiFi into London Underground stations this summer.
The Cloud will start installing WiFi hotspots in the summer and and will reach all 56 stations on the network by the end of the year.
Sky Broadband subscribers will be have unlimited access while other users will be able to access up The Cloud’s WiFi on pay-as-you-go and subscription rates.
Howard Smith, chief rail operating officer for Transport for London, which manages the London Overground contract, said: “By providing this new service our passengers will be able to access our latest travel information free of charge and it will enhance our reputation as providing a truly modern railway fit for the 21st century.”
Major stations on the network that will be WiFi-enabled before the end of 2012 include:
- North London: Willesden Junction and West Hampstead
- South London: New Cross Gate, Forest Hill, West Croydon and Norwood Junction
- East London: Surrey Quays, Dalston, Wapping and Hackney Central
- West London: Kensington Olympia and Shepherd’s Bush
Vince Russell, managing director at The Cloud, said: “People now expect to be able to access the internet wherever they are – it’s become a way of passing the time and entertaining themselves as much as keeping up with emails and work.
“To do this effectively they need a fast and reliable internet connection which is why the deal to install The Cloud’s WiFi service will benefit millions of London Overground passengers immediately.”