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December 18, 2014

Metrolink trains to offer Wi-Fi service for its passengers

UK's Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is set to provide Wi-Fi service on its Metrolink trains by mid-2015, as part of an £1.7m deal.

By Samseer M

UK’s Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is set to provide Wi-Fi service on its Metrolink trains by mid-2015, as part of an £1.7m deal.

For this project, TfGM will collaborate with Manchester and Salford City Councils, and the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), which is part of the UK Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Under this programme, 94 trams of Metrolink will receive the technology, along with 20 buses running the free city centre Metroshuttle service linking the main rail stations, car parks, shopping areas and businesses in Manchester city centre.

"Greater Manchester is leading the way in the growing provision of Wi-Fi services on public transport."

Internet connectivity specialist Icomera will start the installation of the system on trams from early January 2015.

TfGM committee chair councillor Andrew Fender said: "We live in a digital age and people want to make the best use of their travelling time, quick and simple access to digital technology is key to this.

"Greater Manchester is leading the way in the growing provision of Wi-Fi services on public transport, which in turn takes us one step close to our aim of being a top 20 digital city region by 2020."

Moreover, new trams that will put into service in the next two years will also be equipped with Wi-Fi capability. TfGM stated that additional funding has been secured to make sure this plan.

TfGM recently received funding for the £350m Metrolink line to Trafford Park, as part of the Manchester devolution agreement.

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