ScotRail has announced that Wi-Fi will be trialled on some of its trains, with the busiest route between Glasgow and Edinburgh the first to see its introduction.
The quarter of a million pound scheme, which will provide internet access, is something many in the business community have been calling for.
Helping to boost the productivity of staff as they commute and travel between appointments, the move is expected to be welcomed by many. The trial was launched earlier this week by transport minister Keith Brown.
Recognising its importance to business, Mr Brown said:
“A major challenge for transport operators is how to ensure we embrace new technologies to allow passengers to get on with their busy lives while travelling.”
Though Wi-Fi on the rails will help increase competitiveness and productivity, another challenge faced is in securing investment and commercial finance in Scotland. However, invoice factoring and invoice discounting are providing the answer for many.
If high speed internet on the rail network is successful here, as it has been other parts of the UK, such financial strategies could be even more beneficial – with fuller order books a possibility.
This is certainly the hope of ScotRail, who will extend the operating area according to the success of the trial.
The firm’s managing director, Steve Montogomery said:
“Customers should look out for Wi-Fi signage on train doors and windows, particularly on the Edinburgh-Glasgow route.”
He added that the feedback ScotRail receives is due to play an important part in the future availability of internet connectivity on board its trains.