The UK’s transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has announced that the UK rail industry is to roll out high speed mobile broadband on the busiest parts of the country’s rail network. Under the plans, 70% of the travelling public are expected to benefit from the deployment of upgraded technology by 2019, with improvements to enhance passengers’ experiences from 2015. In announcing the development the Ministry of Transport said that mobile signals on trains will be improved by a combination of an upgrade to Network Rail’s existing infrastructure, alongside the installation of equipment that is designed to improve reception on board trains. Commenting on the plans: Mr McLoughlin said: ‘The programme will tackle a series of ‘not-spots’ – areas along rail corridors with intermittent or poor coverage of mobile phone signals – delivering a consistent and reliable service for passengers on key routes.’
In terms of moving the project forward, Network Rail and industry players will now reportedly work on a business case to outline how they will fund the infrastructure improvements.