Train operators in the UK will have to include free Wi-Fi for travellers from 2017.
The Prime Minister David Cameron has announced the £50 million plan, which will cover services operated by TSGN, Southeastern, Chiltern and Arriva Trains Wales.
A Downing Street source revealed that free Wi-Fi will also be made an obligation for companies bidding for new rail franchises in England and Wales.
The Prime Minster said: “It's vital for businesses and for individuals to be able to access Wi-Fi and do their work and all other contact while they are on trains.
“I am pleased to announce plans that will see the rollout of free Wi-Fi on trains across the UK from 2017.”
The measure is being promoted as a productivity-enhancer, designed to make journeys better for those travelling long distance.
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