Wi-Fi on the Tube: 32 more stations go live

Summary:Virgin Media has now turned on free Wi-Fi service at 38 Tube stations, as the London Underground gets ready for the Olympic Games in late July.The operator has promised to provide free Wi-Fi in more than 80 stations, and the service launched just over two weeks ago with service at King's Cross and Warren Street.

Virgin Media has now turned on free Wi-Fi service at 38 Tube stations, as the London Underground gets ready for the Olympic Games in late July.

The operator has promised to provide free Wi-Fi in more than 80 stations, and the service launched just over two weeks ago with service at King's Cross and Warren Street.

Tube stations in green have Virgin Wi-Fi activated, while those in orange are line for access Credit: TfL

On Tuesday, Transport for London (TfL) released a map (PDF) showing where the access has been activated, and which locations are next in line.

Mostly, the stations are clustered in central London, though Brixton, Southfields and West Ham are live. Stratford, the closest to the Olympic Park, has service, as do all the major railway stations (King's Cross, Paddington, Victoria, Euston and Waterloo) except for London Bridge.

The 46 remaining Tube locations in line for Wi-Fi this summer are mainly in places where Games visitors might be expected to travel — central and east London, plus Heathrow.

By the end of 2012, Tube passengers will be able to get Wi-Fi access on platforms, ticket halls and corridors in 120 stations, TfL has promised. While the service will initially be free to allcomers, only Virgin customers will escape paying an access fee once the summer is over.

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