Olympic wi-fi service launched
Visitors staying at central London hotels during the Olympics Games will be able to access a free wi-fi service while travelling on the city's underground network
Introduced by Virgin Media, passengers are now able to access the internet at over 40 London Underground stations including King's Cross, Waterloo and Oxford Street. Crucially, during the Games, travellers with also be able to keep up to date with travel information from Transport for London (TfL) and the latest news stories.
Kevin Baughan, director of Metro Wireless at Virgin Media, said: "Londoners and visitors are loving our new wi-fi service and we're on track to connect tube journeys right across London ahead of the Games.
"The demand for data continues to grow and we're rolling-out a future-proofed service that makes superfast wireless connections the standard. In partnership with TfL, we've achieved a huge amount and have launched a service London can be proud of."
Once the Olympics draw to a close, the service will remain in place with passengers being able to opt for a pay-as-you-go service to access the internet from 120 stations across central London.
The London Underground carries some 1,107 million passengers each year and serves 270 stations, with each tube train covering: 114,500 miles per annum.
Passengers planning to travel to the Olympic venues could also make use of the new urban cable car in the capital. The Emirates Air Line opened on June 28th and covers the 1.1km long river crossing, between Greenwich and the Royal Docks. During peak hours, the new mode of transport will carry 2,500 people per hour - equal to 30 buses.