Arriva Continues to Rollout Free WiFi in Merseyside

Arriva Continues to Rollout Free WiFi in Merseyside

The great WiFi rollout is continuing apace at Arriva Merseyside, with 300 vehicles already fitted with free WiFi, plans are now in place for a further 400 buses to be fitted out over the next 12 to 18 months.

A further 400 buses are being fitted out over the next 12 to 18 months. This is line with Arriva’s target of offering the modern onboard service across 95 per cent of their buses.

Project manager Alan Parker said members of his seven-strong team of technicians will be visiting all seven garages in the Merseyside and Runcorn areas.

“The installation is planned over the next 18 months,” said Alan. “The job itself is not overly complicated though you do have to remove the panels and put the cabling in place, which is what takes the time.”

Alan’s team has fitted many of the 300 vehicles that are currently ‘wified’ across the North West.

“Where it has been installed, the WiFi has certainly gone down very favourably with our passengers – we are noticing a lot of people using it,” said Alan.

“Our customers tell us it is a definite contributing factor towards making more journeys by bus. Anything that helps encourage more people to travel on our buses has to be a good thing.”

The first time you access the free WiFi on an Arriva bus with your smartphone, tablet or laptop you will be asked to go through a simple registration process which includes a small questionnaire.

After that, you can connect your device to arriva-wifi, then your device will be recognised each time you travel, and you will be taken straight to a standard landing page.

So you’ll be able to surf the net, do some online shopping, chat with your friends or even deal with your emails on the go on even more buses this year.

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  • Paul Davies
    April 20, 2016, 11:20 am

    It certainly very nice to know this but are they attached to the Trains that Arriva operate as well?

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    • Tom Harrison@Paul Davies
      April 20, 2016, 1:24 pm

      They run as two separate companies, however, I do understand that Arriva Rail North is investing heavily in new trains with onboard WiFi in the near future.

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