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Free wifi coming to Severn Beach line

The Severn Beach line, which runs between Bristol Temple Meads and Severn Beach on the Severn estuary, is a fortunate part of the railway network.

Some 50 years ago it was the only branch line in the Bristol area to survive the so-called Beeching axe.

image of Severn Beach line train near Redland
A Severn Beach line train near Redland. Picture courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Today further good news arrives for Severn Beach line users: First Great Western, the current franchisees for the service, will be fitting the rolling stock with hardware to provide passengers with free wifi.

This announcement is a late addendum to last week’s announcement of the extension of First Great Western’s current franchise to 2016.

First Great Western is already providing free wifi for passengers on the Cotswold line (news passim). Within the Bristol area itself, First bus passengers are already enjoying free wifi in their leather seats on the X1 route between Bristol and Weston Super Mare (news passim).

More details here.

2 Responses to Free wifi coming to Severn Beach line

  1. Jules April 2, 2013 at 12:32 pm #

    But wait a minute. I can’t see any aerials on that train in the picture.

    How is it going to work without an aerial?

    • Steve Woods April 2, 2013 at 6:04 pm #

      That’s because it’s an image from Wikimedia Commons and may not reflect current rolling stock, Jules.

      Did you try clicking on the link for more details? 🙂