A recent announcement by the Welsh Government has pledged an investment of £1.5m to provide commuters with access to free Wi-Fi on all Arriva Trains Wales. According to reports this includes the fitting of Wi-Fi services to the entire Arriva fleet including Pacer trains, Class 153’s and the carriages used on the north-south Express.
What does it all mean?
The Welsh Government’s Economy and Transport Secretary, Ken Skates, said:
“This rollout should be a real boon to commuters and business users alike. I expect it to make a real contribution to our ambitions for a growing economy with strong businesses in productive regions set out our Prosperity for All Economic Action Plan.”
“Importantly, our investment means that Pacer trains, Class 153’s, and the carriages used on our north-south Express all now have free-to-use Wi-Fi for all passengers. These trains amount to almost one-third of the fleet.”
“Passengers across the Valley Lines and West Wales – including the Heart of Wales line – will now benefit from this vital connectivity. This is another example of our strong record of investment in the current rail franchise where we continue to fund additional services and capacity across Wales.”
These new commuter services will no doubt be an incredible asset to workers and business professionals alike giving them the opportunity to stay connected and complete work during travel times.
Every train will carry the following sticker:
There will be information leaflets available at stations and Arriva will also run an awareness campaign for passengers, handing out free ‘I love Free Wi-Fi’ chocolate treats at busy interchanges.
Tom Joyner, Managing Director for Arriva Trains Wales said:
“The fact all our customers will be able to use our free wi-fi on every single one of our trains is brilliant news and we are delighted to mark the completion of the project.”
We know how important connectivity is and being able to be productive during your journey, check your onward travel plans or simply catch up on social media will make a real difference to our customers.“
“Customers have frequently been asking for Wi-Fi on-board our trains and this has been a really significant project which has taken careful planning and hundreds of staff hours to deliver successfully without impacting on services.”