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Are commuters receiving internet signals on the trains?

For thousands of commuters it was the chance to catch up on some work before arriving in the office! So - did they do it?

South West Trains introduced WiFi on the network on the longer distance services today. But the reception was intermittent.

The new technology is available through Hampshire, Surrey and Dorset - and will spread elsewhere later. Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse put it to the test with passengers from Basingstoke.

On the train WiFi gives commuters intercity internet connections

Commuters using South West Trains new WiFi services have given their connection a positive response in some areas - but not along the whole of the line to London. Rail commuters told our Transport Correspondent, Mike Pearse, that connections were good from the south coast until mid Hampshire, but they lost the connection around Basingstoke. They also say there were unable to get any connection at Clapham Junction despite it being in the heart of London. Other passengers welcomed the WiFi but bemoaned the fact that most carriages don't have plugs to power laptops to receive the WiFi and have called on the rail operator to work on that issue too.


WiFi arrives on platform one with South West Train's services

Thousands of passengers travelling with South West Trains on services from the south coast to and from London, can now use free on-train WiFi on some of the rail operator's busiest routes.

The South West Trains' Main Line route is one of the busiest and most heavily used stretches of track in the country, with more than 30,000 people travelling along the line every weekday.

Arthur Pretorius, Customer Services Director for the South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance, said: "Whether it's working, catching up with the latest news or keeping in touch with friends, free WiFi on many of our Main Line trains will help our passengers to make more use of the time they spend on board our services.

The WiFi services will run on the South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance Class 444 'Desiro' fleet of trains. The coaches are predominantly white in colour and those with WiFi available will be clearly labelled on board.

First photos: A new iPhone and an Apple watch

Apple has introduced a new bigger iPhone for the first time, called the iPhone 6 Plus. Read more about it on the ITV News website here.

At an event in California, CEO Tim Cook said: "Today we're launching the biggest advancement in the history of iPhone."

The new iPhone 6 Plus comes with a 5.5-inch screen, compared to the four-inch screen of the current generation iPhone 5s.

Apple also introduced the iPhone 6, which is also larger, now coming with a 4.7-inch screen. Both devices also have what Apple call "ion-strengthened glass" screens.

The larger of the two new devices, the 6 Plus, also allows for apps such as Messages and Mail to be displayed in landscape orientation for the first time.

The firm also confirmed a new processor chip, the A8, which will be used to power new apps and games, with partnerships with game studios including Disney and EA also confirmed on stage by Apple's Phil Schiller.

The Cupertino-based technology giant had been expected to announce two new iPhones, with speculation and alleged leaks appearing online over the last few weeks.


Fears over merger of coastguard stations

Loss of local knowledge? Credit: Meridian

Critics of the controversial merger of the coastguard stations covering the Dorset and Hampshire coasts say it could lead to a loss of vital local knowledge. Staff from Portland and Lee-on-Solent will now work at a new centre at Fareham. But the coastguard says its ability to respond to emergencies won't be affected. The Royal Yachting Association says it is been assured seach and rescue operations won't suffer.

Major new centre for Rolls Royce in Sussex

Artist's impression of the new complex Credit: Rolls Royce

Rolls-Royce announced today that a new Technology and Logistics Centre will be built at Bognor Regis, close to the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood, West Sussex - employing 200 people.

The centre will consolidate a number of current logistics functions and allow for future expansion.

The Technology and Logistics Centre will be located on the Oldlands Farm Business Park on the northern edge of Bognor Regis, eight miles from Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

The Centre will be ideally situated to take advantage of the forthcoming Bognor Regis Northern Relief Road, due to open in 2015.

Around 200 people will be employed at the centre, with a number of new roles created in addition to those transferred from existing logistics functions. The Technology and Logistics Centre is planned to be fully operational in early 2016.

First pictures of new trains for region's railways

One of the new trains from Siemens Credit: Siemens

The new second generation Desiro City trains, being provided by Siemens for South West Trains, are similar in style to the Class 700 units being produced for the Thameslink route. They will be used to operate ten carriage trains on the busy Waterloo to Windsor services, allowing a cascade of trains across the network to ultimately deliver significant extra capacity on other key routes into London Waterloo. Longer trains will run from Staines through to Bracknell, Ascot and Reading and on a number of mainline services from Basingstoke to London Waterloo.

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