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Network Rail Fine to Pay for Faster Wi-Fi

Millions of pounds is to be spent on faster Wi-Fi for commuters on trains.

The cost of the scheme is said to be £90m - a proportion of this will be funded by the government from a record breaking fine being handed to Network Rail this week.

Network Rail looks after the stations, tracks and signalling for much of Britain, and the firm is being punished by the Office of Rail Regulation for missing punctuality targets on its long-distance services over five years.

The fine is being imposed for the late running of long-distance trains on routes including Cross Country, East Coast, First Hull Trains, FirstTransPennine Express, Grand Central and Virgin.

The new Wi-Fi is said to be 10 times faster than the service available at the moment, and should be available within three to four years.

Network Rail says commuters will be able to get a connection through equipment installed alongside the track, rather than the current system of having to find a satellite signal as they go along.

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