MP Farron calls for Wi-Fi on Virgin Trains

WI-FI should be made available to passengers on Virgin Trains travelling in the North West, according to Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron.

Wi-Fi is already promised on First Great Western services starting next May, with full completion due by the end of the year. Now Mr Farron is writing to Virgin Trains asking them to follow the example.

The MP believes that offering free WiFi for passengers will boost tourism and business travel to Cumbria. 

He said: "I’m calling on Virgin Trains to look at rolling out WiFi on the long distance services. I've been calling for this improvement for a long time now and sought to have it written in to the franchise criteria.

"Our train services can't be allowed to fall behind other parts of the UK. This step will help keep Cumbria connected - both on rail and online."

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12:07pm Tue 17 Dec 13

give-up says...

Am I reading this right? Just used wifi all the way back from London.... on a Virgin train. Been doing it for years.
Am I reading this right? Just used wifi all the way back from London.... on a Virgin train. Been doing it for years. give-up

3:45pm Tue 17 Dec 13

fellsman says...

I travel down to London reasonably regular and as give-up says there are sign plastered over every carriage pointing out wifi hotspots - What train or planet is Timmy on
I travel down to London reasonably regular and as give-up says there are sign plastered over every carriage pointing out wifi hotspots - What train or planet is Timmy on fellsman

10:07pm Tue 17 Dec 13

LK2010 says...

Free WiFi, read the article properly...
Free WiFi, read the article properly... LK2010

10:30pm Tue 17 Dec 13

craggy says...

So we've had a couple of token articles about other local MP's but now we are back to business as usual
-"Farron chooses subject that nobody would disagree with, gets a minion to write a letter to minister then issues a press release"
So we've had a couple of token articles about other local MP's but now we are back to business as usual -"Farron chooses subject that nobody would disagree with, gets a minion to write a letter to minister then issues a press release" craggy

3:57pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Keeping_it_real says...

I've used the WiFi on Virgin trains and the service is unbearably slow, intermittent and near-on useless, so much so I probably wouldn’t use it if it were free!

And to say having WiFi will boost tourism to Cumbria…? REALLY? So people from down souwf are going to pay £100 to come to Cumbria – just because there is free WiFi? Talk about features, advantages and benefits…

Why doesn’t Timmy call on Virgin trains and Network rail to lower the train fares instead? I know I’m no overpaid (soon to be even more overpaid) politician, but I would think lower fares would entice visitors to travel / visit Cumbria far more than Free Wi-Fi would.

Some of the things he comes up with beggars belief…

*bangs head on desk repeatifly*
I've used the WiFi on Virgin trains and the service is unbearably slow, intermittent and near-on useless, so much so I probably wouldn’t use it if it were free! And to say having WiFi will boost tourism to Cumbria…? REALLY? So people from down souwf are going to pay £100 to come to Cumbria – just because there is free WiFi? Talk about features, advantages and benefits… Why doesn’t Timmy call on Virgin trains and Network rail to lower the train fares instead? I know I’m no overpaid (soon to be even more overpaid) politician, but I would think lower fares would entice visitors to travel / visit Cumbria far more than Free Wi-Fi would. Some of the things he comes up with beggars belief… *bangs head on desk repeatifly* Keeping_it_real

4:01pm Wed 18 Dec 13

give-up says...

It is free. It is slow. And keeping_it_real is spot on.
It is free. It is slow. And keeping_it_real is spot on. give-up

4:48pm Wed 18 Dec 13

oceancloud says...

give-up wrote:
It is free. It is slow. And keeping_it_real is spot on.
It is only free in first class. But if you want to you can pay for it in Standard Class, 3 hours for £6 or 200 minutes flexible over 30 days if you travel regularly plus various other options. I travel to London about every six weeks and can normally get two singles for less than £30 with my rail card if I book far enough in advance. Long live Virgin!
[quote][p][bold]give-up[/bold] wrote: It is free. It is slow. And keeping_it_real is spot on.[/p][/quote]It is only free in first class. But if you want to you can pay for it in Standard Class, 3 hours for £6 or 200 minutes flexible over 30 days if you travel regularly plus various other options. I travel to London about every six weeks and can normally get two singles for less than £30 with my rail card if I book far enough in advance. Long live Virgin! oceancloud

8:37pm Wed 18 Dec 13

LK2010 says...

So it ain't free then.....which I knew for sure as a standard class traveller (which a lot of us probably are).....which is why I mentioned it. Let's not let the facts get in the way of a good rant tho eh! Agree, cheaper fares is the real way to attract people, not WiFi (free or not) on the train.
So it ain't free then.....which I knew for sure as a standard class traveller (which a lot of us probably are).....which is why I mentioned it. Let's not let the facts get in the way of a good rant tho eh! Agree, cheaper fares is the real way to attract people, not WiFi (free or not) on the train. LK2010

8:05am Thu 19 Dec 13

Pringle1982 says...

I know we'll go on holiday to the lakes this year because Virgin are offering free wifi on their incredibly unreliable, expensive trains!!!

\o/
I know we'll go on holiday to the lakes this year because Virgin are offering free wifi on their incredibly unreliable, expensive trains!!! \o/ Pringle1982

8:51am Thu 19 Dec 13

oceancloud says...

Pringle1982 wrote:
I know we'll go on holiday to the lakes this year because Virgin are offering free wifi on their incredibly unreliable, expensive trains!!!

\o/
I find Virgin Trains are extremely reliable and relatively inexpensive as I posted earlier. Why Farren is addressing this wi fi issue beggars belief when there must be more pressing matters such as his Lib Dems cronies having just passed the Local Development Plan which is going to vandalize yet more green open spaces!
[quote][p][bold]Pringle1982[/bold] wrote: I know we'll go on holiday to the lakes this year because Virgin are offering free wifi on their incredibly unreliable, expensive trains!!! \o/[/p][/quote]I find Virgin Trains are extremely reliable and relatively inexpensive as I posted earlier. Why Farren is addressing this wi fi issue beggars belief when there must be more pressing matters such as his Lib Dems cronies having just passed the Local Development Plan which is going to vandalize yet more green open spaces! oceancloud

2:03pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Pringle1982 says...

You and I must have differing opinions of inexpensive. It's cheaper for me ltodrive to Northampton and back to visit friends than a single ticket to Milton Keynes. Free wifi would not make tourism better.
You and I must have differing opinions of inexpensive. It's cheaper for me ltodrive to Northampton and back to visit friends than a single ticket to Milton Keynes. Free wifi would not make tourism better. Pringle1982

7:54pm Fri 20 Dec 13

jazzactivist says...

Is anyone other than MPs likely to want to use Wi-fi on a train journey? Unless you are travelling within your working day there is no point in working / answering emails etc if you aren't being paid for your time. Just read a book, look at the scenery, listen to music, or chat to the person next to you. Tim Farron would be better campaigning for cheaper rail fares at peak times.
Is anyone other than MPs likely to want to use Wi-fi on a train journey? Unless you are travelling within your working day there is no point in working / answering emails etc if you aren't being paid for your time. Just read a book, look at the scenery, listen to music, or chat to the person next to you. Tim Farron would be better campaigning for cheaper rail fares at peak times. jazzactivist

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