Virgin Media reveals first tube stations getting free Wi-Fi

Virgin Media wireless coming to Stratford, Oxford Circus and King's Cross

The first London Underground stations getting free Wi-Fi as part of a massive roll-out of Virgin Media wireless broadband have been named.

Tube stops including Oxford Circus, King's Cross, Liverpool Street and Stratford will be among the first to have the service, with an estimated 80 stations set to be up and running by the end of July.

Once turned on, the free Wi-Fi signal will be available to all London Underground customers with a compatible device, from laptops to smartphones to tablets like the iPad.

Jon James, executive director of broadband at Virgin Media, said "London will be proud" of the speedy wireless service coming to the tube.

Making the announcement, he said: "In partnership with Transport for London we've been working around the clock to install and test Wi-Fi on London Underground and are about to connect some iconic and world-famous tube stations."

Gareth Powell, London Underground's director of strategy and service development, added: "The first stations include some of our busiest and most well-known destinations and we're on track for a successful launch this summer - all delivered at no additional cost to farepayers or taxpayers."

It is hoped that around 120 stations will be connected by the end of 2012.

Other stations set for installation by the end of July include Camden Town, Covent Garden, Leicester Square, London Bridge, Paddington, Temple, Victoria and Westminster.

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