WI-FI is now available on more than half of all South West Train services, helping to keep tens of thousands of passengers connected during their journey.
Woking is one of five busy SWT stations where Wi-Fi has been rolled out, with more than 30,000 travellers already signed up to use the Sky Cloud service. It is a joint investment, with funding provided by the Enterprise M3 LEP and contributions from Surrey and Hampshire County Councils.
The project follows a successful bid to the Department for Transport as part of the Local Sustainable Transport Fund and is also operating at Aldershot, Basingstoke, Farnborough and Guildford stations, concourses, platforms, waiting and other public areas.
SWT Customer Service Director, Arthur Pretorius, said: “We’d like to thank the Enterprise M3 LEP, Hampshire County Council and Surrey County Council for their financial support in making these changes for our passengers which we’re confident will enhance their travel experiences.”
Surrey County Councillor Mike Goodman, said: “While rising demand for services like adult social care means money’s tight, this is one of the many things we can still do to make a big difference to people’s lives – in this case ensuring passengers can use travel time to shop, email, catch up on news or a host of other things.”
Geoff French, Chairman Enterprise M3 LEP said: “Funding free Wi-Fi at the busiest stations in the Enterprise M3 area, directly supports the Enterprise M3 LEP’s economic growth aspirations and provides a real benefit to our local businesses, enhancing travel choices and helping them to utilise their travel time more effectively.”
More than £50 million is being invested by SWT.