Free internet access is now being provided on a Metrolink tram in a technology trial that could lead to the entire fleet becoming on-the-move Wi-Fi zones.
Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is now testing out Wi-Fi network coverage by running the ‘Wi-Fi tram’ – number 3054 – on lines across the system, including the Bury line.
Metrolink passengers can surf the web for free if they catch the specially branded tram, with most websites available on their smartphones, tablets and laptops.
Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of the TfGM Committee, said: “It’s great to see free Wi-Fi being tested out on this first tram – passengers can help us try out the technology by logging on and giving us their feedback on how well it works.
“We live in a digital age and people want to make the best use of their travelling time – and if this test goes well we hope to have funding available to roll out Wi-Fi to all trams.
“We know customers want better Metrolink information and ultimately we want people to have real time information about services at their fingertips– on their smartphones and tablets.
“And with get me there smart ticketing on the way for tram passengers next year, catching the tram will soon be easier than ever.”
TfGM is also working closely with Manchester City Council on a major roll-out of free Wi-Fi across Manchester city centre.
Fourteen locations, including St Peter’s Square, Albert Square and the Arndale shopping centre, are now live. It will also cover the majority of tram stops and transport hubs including Shudehill interchange.
Issued: 23 August 2013.
Notes to Editors
1. Funding to extend free wifi to all Metrolink trams and Metroshuttle was secured from the government’s Urban Transport Fund following bids from Manchester and Salford City Councils.
2. Transport for Greater Manchester is an executive body of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.
3. Transport policies that affect the ten districts of Greater Manchester are set by the Combined Authority.
4. The Transport for Greater Manchester Committee is a Joint Committee of the Combined Authority and the ten district authorities of Greater Manchester. It oversees the work of TfGM, monitors the performance of transport services, scrutinises the delivery of transport capital projects, and advises the Combined Authority on transport policy.
5. To find out more about Transport for Greater Manchester’s recent work, please see our Annual Report at www.tfgm.com/annualreport.