Rail routes through Manchester could benefit from "super-fast" wifi to enable passengers to work during their journey.
The government plans to invest in new on-board internet technology funded by a £70 million fine to be levelled on Network Rail for delays to services, it was widely reported today.
The Manchester to London services are among those expected to benefit.
A spokesman for Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin told the Sunday Telegraph: "We all know how frustrating it is to have our internet constantly disrupted on trains.
"At the moment it happens too often. Passengers expect and deserve better and with these plans, that is what they’ll get."