Oxford Circus, Stratford and Leicester Square will be among the first London Underground stations to be WiFi enabled under LU’s deal with Virgin Media.
By July 80 stations will be connected, allowing passengers to connect to the internet in ticket halls, lifts and platforms but not on trains or in tunnels.
In March Transport for London announced Virgin Media would provide paid-for WiFi access as part of a deal which will see the cable company provide a travel information portal for passengers.
The WiFi will be available free only until the end of the Paralympic Games, after which commuters will have to pay Virgin Media for access.
Earlier this week we reported that just three companies bid for the tender after four other potential providers pulled out.
Gareth Powell, London Underground’s Director of Strategy and Service Development, said: “The first stations include some of our busiest and most well-known destinations and we’re on-track for a successful launch this summer”.
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.”
TfL, which is chaired by Mayor Boris Johnson, has repeatedly refused to say how much its contract with Virgin Media is worth.
Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat leader on the London Assembly, has called on the Mayor to provide “far more information about the commercial deal that he has entered into with Virgin Media.”
The full list of stations is: