Derry welcome for public transport wifi plans

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Moves that will see buses and trains travelling in and out of Derry fitted with wifi connections have been welcomed in the city.

Translink confirmed on Wednesday that they are in the final testing stages of plans to roll wifi out across “key Goldline routes including coach services to Dublin and rail services including both NI Railways and Enterprise.

“We will officially launch this service in coming months,” a Translink spokeswoman says.

Sinn Fein MLA Raymond McCartney says such moves will make the services more attractive to commuters.

“This will allow people to connect to the Internet and other devices so that they can work or simply browse the Internet during their journey.

“While this is also possible while travelling in the car without a dedicated Wi-Fi connection it is very slow and unreliable and therefore very frustrating if you are attempting to download files,” he says.

SDLP councillor Martin Reilly says the move will be a great bonus ahead of City of Culture.

“Free Wi-Fi on the Derry to Belfast bus service will help students, commuters and, importantly, tourists in the run up to City of Culture 2013 – maximise the huge benefits of wireless connectivity.”

He says Translink’s plans come after Bus Éireann extended their wifi services to some 190 busses.

“A free Wi-Fi connection on the Derry to Belfast route will also have the added environmental benefit of encouraging more people – especially commuters – to leave their cars at home,” he says.