Rail firm is on board with free WiFi offer

Northen Rail WiFi Launch on the Leeds - Bradford Line.
Northen Rail WiFi Launch on the Leeds - Bradford Line.
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Train passengers in Leeds are making all the right connections on their phones, tablets and laptops while using Northern Rail services.

People travelling on Northern electric trains can now access free super-fast internet WiFi during their journeys.

The WiFi is available on services between Leeds and Skipton, Ilkley and Bradford Forster Square.

Funded with an investment of £750,000 from an arm of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, it is being delivered by Northern, Leeds and Bradford councils and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA).

More than 100,000 people have signed up to take advantage of the system, which went live last month.

Coun James Lewis, chair of the WYCA transport committee, said: “Introducing free WiFi on board Northern’s electric trains between Leeds and Bradford is opening up even more opportunities to rail users on the go.

“They can check their e-mail, book a ticket in advance or read the latest news while travelling and stay connected on the move.

“It’s fantastic to have secured the funding and the feedback we’ve been getting has been really positive.”

Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy, said: “Providing free WiFi on public transport and in public spaces is just one of the ways we’re boosting connectivity across our cities.

“It is great to see the positive impact this is already having for commuters in Bradford and Leeds.

“With continued investment in super-fast broadband we will ensure our cities continue to be attractive places to live, visit and do business in.” Users get access to 20MB of free WiFi. There is also a range of media content that can be streamed to people’s devices from on-board hardware, significantly reducing the load on connection for other passengers.