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Scotrail fleet to get free Wi-Fi

Travellers across Scotland will be getting free Wi-Fi on their railways thanks to a deal between the train operator and Nomad Digital

Free Wi-Fi is set to be brought to Scottish railways thanks to a deal between ScotRail and Nomad Digital.

The contract will see the technology company deploy wireless capabilities to the 38 recently rolled out ScotRail’s Class 380 trains, which run on the Ayrshire Coast, Inverclyde, North Berwick and Paisley Canal lines.

“It is exciting that people will be able to enjoy free Wi-Fi on board our largest fleet of electric trains,” said Steve Montgomery, managing director of ScotRail.

“We are confident that the expansion of Wi-Fi will be warmly welcomed by our customers, who increasingly want to stay connected during their journeys, whether for business or to chat with friends.”

The deal has received additional funding from the Scottish government as part of its project to get all of the railways in the country connected to the internet before its major upcoming sporting events, including the Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup.

Haydn Abbott, digital director at Nomad, added: “We’re delighted to help connect yet another UK transport company with on-board Wi-Fi connectivity – especially ahead of such an exciting year when the eyes of the world will be on Scotland.”

The installation of the Wi-Fi is due to be complete by March 2014.  

Nomad technology has already been used to bring Wi-Fi connections to the Eurostar and Virgin Trains, as well as the Dubai Metro and Queensland Rail system.

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