passengers to and from Linlithgow could soon be accessing free wi-fi on their train travels.
A free wi-fi service is being introduced for passengers travelling on trains between Edinburgh and Glasgow, and is being trialled as part of a pilot scheme.
The Scottish government has awarded a £250,000 contract to First ScotRail and it is hoped the technology will eventually be available on trains across the country. The scheme has been welcomed by business leaders.
Liz Cameron, chief executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce,said: “Wi-fi connectivity is essential to doing business in the 21st Century and its introduction to our trains is vital to making public transport a productive business experience. In addition, it recognises the fact that most tourists visiting our country expect to be able to access information on our country through their phones, tablet devices and notebooks.
“I am certain that this trial will prove to be a resounding success and we look forward to full wi-fi connectivity being rolled out as soon as practicable.”
Transport minister Keith Brown said the Scottish government was committed to forward-looking schemes putting the country at the forefront of new technologies, adding: “We have promised to do all we can to bring the internet to every corner of Scotland and that includes allowing people to get online when they’re going about their daily business, be that commuting to or from work or travelling socially.”
The first stage of this project will see First ScotRail equip four trains on the service which runs from Edinburgh to Glasgow, via Falkirk, with wi-fi enabling equipment.
Steve Montgomery, managing director of ScotRail, added: “This is a welcome first step to explore methods to improve connectivity on trains. We will be reporting our findings to Transport Scotland in the autumn.”