WiFi on its way for First Great Western trains

If you’re tired of poor mobile coverage and no Internet access on the Paddington train to Wales, you may have to wait a little longer.

First Great Western (FGW) has announced a time scale for the implementation of free WiFi on board its High Speed Train fleet and Night Riviera Sleeper services running from Paddinton to the Costwolds and the West Country.

On 14 October First Great Western pledged to increase WiFi provision as part of its new, 23-month franchise which will see all 53 of its High Speed Trains fitted with WiFi. Installation work for this will start in May 2014 and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Nomad Digital (who are delivering the WiFi service for First Great Western)  state that “The public’s demand for WiFi connectivity on transport has grown rapidly, becoming a vital tool for working and staying connected while on the move.

Unfortunately passengers travelling between London, Reading, Didcot Parkway, Swindon, Bristol Parkway and Wales, will have to wait a while.  In the meantime there is free WiFi at several FGW stations through the public provider The Cloud or your mobile phone network.