"The first stations include some of our busiest and most well-known destinations and we're on-track for a successful launch this summer"

The first stations include some of our busiest and most well-known destinations and we're on-track for a successful launch this summer

  • Oxford Circus, Stratford and King's Cross among stations WiFi enabled for free this summer
  • Service on track for up to 120 stations connected by end of 2012

London Underground and Virgin Media have named the first London Underground stations that will be WiFi enabled for free this summer.

Stations including Oxford Circus, Stratford, Liverpool Street, Leicester Square and King's Cross will be among the first to launch, with around 80 stations WiFi enabled by the end of July.

Free service for passengers

With the eyes of the world on London this summer, Virgin Media's next generation WiFi service will be made available to all Tube passengers for free throughout the summer.

Millions of commuters and visitors to London will be able to get online at Tube stations and find their way around the Capital with up-to-the-minute TfL travel information, access social media while they wait for their next train on the station platform or browse the web to discover the very best London has to offer this summer.

Gareth Powell, London Underground's Director of Strategy and Service Development, said: 'Our customers will soon be able to connect to the internet for live travel information while they are on the move through stations.

'Bringing a next generation WiFi service to one of the world's oldest underground transport networks is progressing as planned and the forthcoming service is testing well.

'The first stations include some of our busiest and most well-known destinations and we're on-track for a successful launch this summer - all delivered at no additional cost to fare payers or tax payers.'

Testing taking place

Jon James, Executive Director of Broadband at Virgin Media, said: 'In partnership with TfL, we've been working around-the-clock to install and test WiFi on London Underground and are about to connect some iconic and world famous Tube stations with a WiFi service London will be proud of.'

Virgin Media and London Underground engineers continue to test and prepare the forthcoming WiFi service, including recent capacity testing at Chancery Lane underground station where hundreds of devices were connected to the station's WiFi service at exactly the same time to reproduce the service experience of a busy Tube train arriving at the station.

The new free online portal will offer up-to-the-minute TfL service information including TfL's journey planner and entertainment and news content useful for a commute to work or trip into town. 

Notes to editors

The London Underground stations planned for installation by the end of July 2012 are:

Aldgate East 
Elephant & Castle 
London Bridge  
St Paul's
Manor House 
Stepney Green
Archway Euston 
Mansion House 
Euston Square  
Marble Arch 
Finsbury Park  
Swiss Cottage
Goodge Street  
Mile End 
Green Park  
North Greenwich  
Tottenham Hale
Bethnal Green 
Hammersmith (District/Picc) 
Old Street 
Tower Hill
Blackhorse Road
Heathrow T1-3 
Tufnell Park
Heathrow T4 
Oxford Circus 
High Street Kensington 
Paddington (Main) 
Caledonian Road  
Highbury & Islington 
Piccadilly Circus  
Walthamstow Central
Camden Town  
Holborn Pimlico 
Warren Street
Canada Water 
Holland Park  
Warwick Avenue
Canary Wharf  
Hyde Park Corner 
Regents Park  
Canning Town  
Kentish Town  
Seven Sisters 
Wembley Central
Chancery Lane 
Kings Cross/St Pancras 
Wembley Park
Charing Cross  
Lambeth North 
West Ham
Clapham North 
Lancaster Gate 
St James Park 
Wimbledon Park
Covent Garden  
Leicester Square  
St Johns Wood 
Edgware Road (Circle) 
Liverpool Street