Mobile phone reception improvement on busy rail route

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PASSENGERS are to receive improved mobile phone reception on trains between Sheffield and London.

East Midlands Trains is working with Vodafone to install signal boosters on its 27-strong Meridian fleet, which operate the bulk of services from South Yorkshire.

The programme is to be completed by early next year.

Six trains have already received the equipment.
David Horne, managing director at East Midlands Trains, said: “This investment allows passengers travelling on our trains to stay in touch on their mobile phones whether they are working or travelling for leisure.

“Passengers using our key services to and from London will see the immediate benefits and, by early next year, this enhancement will be rolled out across all of our 27 Meridian trains.

“Already, all of our trains to London have on-board Wi-Fi and by improving mobile phone signals this helps to enhance the customer experience and allow travellers to work even more efficiently or stay in touch with family, friends or colleagues while on the move.”

Vodafone said the improvement would be a boost to both leisure and business passengers using the trains, which currently suffer poor signal.

Peter Boucher, of Vodafone UK, said: “Our customers have told us that coverage on trains ranks very high on their list. Now they can keep up to date on what’s most important to them.

“Equally, business customers will have the flexibility to work from wherever they need to be.”