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Wi-Fi boost for rail commuters

South West Trains hopes to roll out Wi-Fi technology in the next year Photo: ITV Meridian

Rail passengers are to benefit from multi million pound investment in Wi-Fi technology.

South West Trains has announced a £3.2 million project is to be introduced on mainland services in and out of London. The technology is also linked to other initiatives designed to boost safety and punctuality on trains.

It's one of the busiest commuter networks in Europe, and over the next year, it's full fleet of 45 Class trains will be fitted with the new internet technology.

The trains, with routes on mainland services from London Waterloo via Basingstoke, Southampton and Bournemouth to Weymouth, are used by 15 million passengers every year.

New external cameras will also be installed, which will use the Wi-Fi technology to assist with track maintenance to improve punctuality. It's also hoped the initiatives could allow more services to run in and out of London.

It also follows a £15 million investment by South West Trains in the past two years in pioneering engineering developments on its Desiro fleets to deliver better train performance for passengers.