London Underground passengers will have mobile coverage across the network by the end of 2024, the Mayor of London has said.
Transport for London (TfL) said work on some of the capital’s busiest stations, including Oxford Circus, Tottenham Court Road and Bank, will begin soon, and will be among the first fully connected stations by the end of next year. .
TfL has granted a 20-year concession to BAI Communications (BAI), a global provider of 4G and 5G connected infrastructure, to combat so-called no-spots in the network.
Mayor Sadiq Khan, who was re-elected last month, said, “I promised the people of London that if they re-elected me for a second term as mayor I would distribute 4G across the Tube network “
Permanent phone reception was made available on underground sections of London’s Tube network for the first time in March last year, when covering the eastern side of the Jubilee Line.
Mobile coverage on underground sections of the tube was previously only available in a short trial on the Waterloo and City line during the summer of 2017.
Khan continued, “It is already running on the eastern side of the Jubilee Line and I am pleased to announce today that I am fulfilling this commitment and with major Central London stations such as Oxford, the entire Tube Full Internet access will be available at the end of next year. Circus and Euston are set to benefit before the end of next year.”
Camden Town and Euston are the other stations that will be among the first installments to be connected.
TfL’s Chief Technology Officer Shashi Verma said: “London Underground was born in the 19th century, and this concession to offer mobile coverage to the entire Tube network ensures it remains customer friendly into the 21st century.
“Providing mobile connectivity to customers within tunnels and across platforms across London will help them stay connected more easily, and will both provide a long-term revenue stream for TfL and support economic growth across the city.”
by Alexander Britton