Free wi-fi now at five local train stations

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Liverpool Central Station. Pic by Owen Swift © JMU Journalism

Liverpool Central Station. Pic by Owen Swift © JMU Journalism

Merseyrail has introduced free wi-fi to five underground stations in town to allow customers access to the internet while they commute.

The five stations now with the wi-fi capability are Liverpool Central, Moorfields, James Street, Hamilton Square and Conway Park, with plans for it to be introduced at Lime Street and Old Hall Street later in the year.

It is a joint initiative with local transport authority, Merseytravel, which has co-funded the project, and is one of the initiatives in its five year growth plan.

Alice Owen, Merseyrail’s Communications Manager, told JMU Journalism: “The main reason is due to customer demand and we want to follow the trendset.  Most passengers will use these underground stations on a daily basis so we want to make their journey as pleasant as possible.”

To access the free wi-fi, users need to provide a small amount of personal details on their device. The facility is available throughout the stations.

City councillor Liam Robinson, chair of Merseytravel, said: “We’re always working with Merseyrail, looking at ways in which we can encourage more people to use the network as well as making it better for existing users.

“The five-year growth plan highlights our aims for this and we’re delighted that free Wi-Fi has already been installed at five underground stations.”

Merseyrail’s managing director, Jan Chaudhry-van der Velde, also commented saying: “Passengers expect to have access to the internet almost everywhere now, and increasingly, use travel time to work, shop, access information and stay connected. We’re delighted that we can now support our customers in this way at stations.”

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