If travelling on the overcrowded, hot and rather pungent London Underground makes your blood boil, then prepare yourself – the London Underground is getting the internet next year.
We’ve all experienced that one commuter who thinks public transport is their own personal office, or someone who thinks we should all know their private business, so when the 4G trial rolls out in 2020, it’s only going to get noisier.
However, they say every cloud has a silver lining.
For those of us who work in London’s financial services industry, the internet on the Underground will bring massive benefits. That’s because Transport for London (TfL) has revealed that the Jubilee line will be the first to be fitted with mobile internet, with the eastern half of the track getting internet access by March 2020.
This means every underground station stretching from Westminster to Canning Town will be connected, including the prominent financial stations of Waterloo, London Bridge and Canary Wharf. Unfortunately, for those who love to spend their money rather than safeguard it, the busy retail hubs of Bond Street and Stratford will fall just outside of the trial stretch.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “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.”
The days of awkward silence on the tube are finally numbered.