Latest reports suggests, plans are underway for London Underground to offer passengers complete online service by the mid-2020s.
According to reports, Transport for London (TfL) was determined to introduce 4G access across the tube network, for all mobile phone users. The travelers will thus have online access and can make calls everywhere on London Underground.
Owning to sources, the Jubilee line will be the first one to inaugurate the new network coverage plan. The eastern half will allegedly benefit from complete mobile connectivity in both tunnels as well as on platforms, starting from March.
London Underground and TfL rail services already have 260 wifi-enabled stations. As per a statement released by chief technology officer at TfL, Shashi Verma, he said, “We have begun the complex work to allow our customers to be able to get phone reception within our tunnels from March 2020, with more stations and lines coming online during the coming years.”
The trial for jubilee line will stretch from Westminster to Canning Town, it will however exclude Waterloo stations and London Bridge. The new plan will also be applicable to corridors and ticket halls.
As quoted by TfL, London Bridge and Waterlooo Station were allegedly to be fully equipped with 4G, during the latter half of 2020, it however also awaited subject to final approval.
The entire project will reportedly need 2,000km (1,242 miles) of cabling. Engineers are allegedly working weeknight shifts in order to curb disruption to passengers.
“This is a really important step for the millions of people who use the Tube each year. Introducing 4G and, in the future, 5G, will help Londoners and visitors keep in touch and get the latest travel information while on the go,” commented London Mayor Sadiq Khan with regards to the introduction of the new 4G coverage.