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Rail passengers using East Midlands Trains' services to London are now benefitting from access to the internet whilst they travel, with the train operator’s brand new on board WiFi service.
East Midlands Trains started the roll out of its new on board WiFi in September this year, with the service being piloted on six of its key business trains. The new WiFi service is now available on East Midlands Trains’ entire fleet of 27 Meridian trains, which are used to operate the majority of services from Sheffield, Derby and Leicester to London, and a number of services between Nottingham and London.
With the Meridians now complete, East Midlands Trains is turning its attention to the HST (High Speed Train) fleet. A total of four HSTs have now been fitted with WiFi, and the remaining seven trains will be complete by early 2011.
David Horne, Customer Service Director for East Midlands Trains, said: “We are very pleased with how the WiFi service has been received by our customers. Now that the Meridian fleet has been completed, customers will be able to access WiFi on the vast majority of our trains to and from London. We have also introduced the iPass corporate WiFi facility which is being used by our customers.
“We now provide complimentary access to the internet through our First Class lounges at Derby, Leicester, Nottingham and London St Pancras and the newly-opened Business Lounge at East Midlands Parkway. The roll out to our train services is now helping passengers to work even more efficiently whilst on the move.”
The new WiFi service, which is currently being installed on all train services to and from London, offers passengers easy access to the internet, email and other online applications, whether for work or leisure purposes. First Class passengers will benefit from complimentary access to the service, whilst other passengers will need to pay a small charge using a debit or credit card through the online secure payment page.
Details of how to use the new service can found in leaflets displayed on board the trains installed with WiFi or by asking a member of the on train team.