East Midland Trains to have free Wi-Fi for 1st Class Only

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East Midlands Trains’ is the latest rail company to announce plans to equip its services to London with on-board WiFi. A total of 27 Meridian trains can now provide access to the internet and four of its High Speed Trains fleet have also been fitted with the technology.

From September this year First Class passengers have had free access to the service, with other passengers having to pay a nominal charge. Plans are in place for additional services by early 2011 when the remaining seven High Speed Trains will be equipped with internet access.

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.”

How long it will be before the whole rail network is equipped with Wi-Fi is anybody’s guess. In the meantime, here a list of what’s currently available:

Virgin Trains

Virgin Pendolino and Super Voyager trains have Wi-Fi access available with either a one-hour or 24-hour pass. Virgin Trains Wi-Fi is provided by T-Mobile so passes can be used at any of T-Mobile’s 20,000 Wi-Fi hotspots. First-class passengers get free Wi-Fi on board.

National Express

East Coast Trains offers free Wi-Fi access on all its trains.

Eurostar

Eurostar offers Wi-Fi hotspots at its major UK stations, including London St. Pancras International, Ebbsfleet International and Ashford International, operated by Cityspace and The Cloud.

Business Premier customers get free Wi-Fi internet in Business Premier Lounges, and free Wi-Fi access is available to all Eurostar customers at St Pancras International.

Heathrow Express

Heathrow Express – on-train Wi-Fi access is available via T-Mobile HotSpots between London Paddington and Heathrow Airport.

Grand Central Trains

Grand Central Trains offer free Wi-Fi throughout their trains.

This list is courtesy of  Which magazine (http://www.which.co.uk/).

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