All intercity trains fitted with free wifi


THE TEDIUM of the train journey should be lifted for many passengers from this week after Irish Rail announced all its intercity trains are now equipped with free wifi.

The company introduced the service, which offers download speeds of up to 3.5 megabytes per second, on the Dublin-Cork service on a trial basis in 2010 before rolling it out on all services between the two cities last year.

Irish Rail now plans to introduce wifi on the Dart and commuter fleet over the course of the summer with the support of the National Transport Authority.

The Belfast Enterprise train will be online by the end of the year.

“One of the great benefits of rail travel is that you can use your travelling time productively . . . and giving our customers free wifi will only add to this,” a company spokesman said. Another improvement has seen carriages with plug sockets fitted at every seat so passengers can charge devices.