The tube is the one last bastion for escaping contact from the outside world. Being located so far underground that the faint signals of mobile phone networks get stifled, it was the one place you could cut an unwanted conversation short with the line “I’m going into the tube”. Well now thanks to the 2012 Olympics, contact with the outside world can resume underground with the introduction of Wi-Fi throughout the network.
120 stations will be kitted out with web access. Gareth Powell, TfL’s strategy and service boss, said that the organisation was in the final stages of a tender process for companies to operate the network.
A final announcement on the provider would come in the spring, thus “leaving plenty of time” for the arrival of the games and the hoards of tourists it’ll bring in.
This means you’ll be able to browse the web and utilise things like Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp etc, just so you can keep in contact in those precious few minutes of travelling under the cities feet.