Following on from the decision to install free wi-fi at 80 Underground stations, London Overground users are also set to feel the wireless love, with 56 stations on the network scheduled to offer 60 minutes of free access each day.
The first lucky stations to start wallowing in gratis wi-fi include Willesden Junction, West Hampstead, New Cross Gate, Forest Hill, West Croydon, Norwood Junction, Surrey Quays, Dalston, Wapping, Hackney Central, Kensington Olympia and Shepherd’s Bush, with all platforms being connected by December 2012.
“Access to the internet is no longer limited solely to home or to the workplace, and people’s expectation is to be able to work and communicate effectively and seamlessly while they’re on the move so we’re delighted to support this initiative which will bring reliable, free WiFi to London Overground’s customers,” said Steve Murphy, Managing Director of London Overground Rail Operations.
The remaining 44 stations will see connectivity rolled out during 2013, with the service being operated by The Cloud. Users will need to register once to access the service.
Unlike the London Underground service – which will be free initially, but then become a pay-as-you-go service later – London Overground has said that its hotspots would remain free to use forever.