Virgin Media has revealed new registrations for its Wi-Fi on London Underground service were up 50% yesterday (29 April 2014) as passengers made their way around the capital on the first day of the Tube strike.
On a typical morning, traffic on the Wi-Fi network peaks at around 8.35am. But as limited Tube services left passengers facing longer journey times than usual, peak time arrived at 8.50am with passengers searched for travel updates and keeping work colleagues and friends updated with emails, Tweets and Facebook posts.
As many regular commuters stayed at home, the overall number of devices connected to Virgin Media’s Wi-Fi service was down by a third.
Passengers who took the Victoria Line, which was running between Seven Sisters to Brixton, were able to get online at every single station, as all stations on the line are connected to Virgin Media’s network.
Wi-Fi is currently available in 137 Tube stations and Virgin Media said it will bring even more online over the summer. Wholesale deals with EE, O2 and Vodafone mean the majority of Londoners can connect to the Virgin Media powered service at no extra cost.
All Tube passengers are able to keep up-to-date with Transport for London travel information and quality London entertainment and news for free through Virgin Media’s Wi-Fi portal. Virgin Media also offers a Pay As You Go service with daily, weekly and monthly passes, giving Tube passengers a number of ways to get online underground.