Thanks to a sizeable investment by the Welsh government of £1.5 million, passengers across wales can now enjoy free Wi-Fi connection on all Arriva Trains Wales (ATW). And it’s not just the more modern trains either, the entirety of the ATW fleet has been retrofitted to provide this free-to-use Wi-Fi service including Pacer trains, Class 153’s and the carriages used on the north-south Express.
In order to maximise on this new service, Arriva will be running awareness campaigns for passengers, this campaign includes handing out free ‘I love free Wi-Fi’ chocolate treats during peak interchanges.
The WG’s economy and transport Secretary, Ken Skates, says, “This rollout should be a real boon to commuters and business users alike. I expect it to make a real contribution to our ambitions for a growing economy with strong businesses in productive regions set out our Prosperity for All Economic Action Plan.
“Importantly, our investment means that Pacer trains, Class 153’s, and the carriages used on our north-south Express all now have free-to-use Wi-Fi for all passengers. These trains amount to almost one-third of the fleet.
“Passengers across the Valley Lines and West Wales – including the Heart of Wales line – will now benefit from this vital connectivity. This is another example of our strong record of investment in the current rail franchise where we continue to fund additional services and capacity across Wales.”
Adding to this, Tom Joyner, managing director for Arriva Trains Wales says, “The fact all our customers will be able to use our free Wi-Fi on every single one of our trains is brilliant news and we are delighted to mark the completion of the project.
“We know how important connectivity is and being able to be productive during your journey, check your onward travel plans or simply catch up on social media will make a real difference to our customers.
“Customers have frequently been asking for Wi-Fi on-board our trains and this has been a really significant project which has taken careful planning and hundreds of staff hours to deliver successfully without impacting on services.”