Revealed: The first FOUR Elizabeth line stops to get superfast 4G coverage with 33 Tube stations to be connected by the end of 2023 – is YOUR local station one of them?
- 33 Tube stations will have mobile coverage by end of 2023, rising to 40 in 2024
- Oxford Circus and Tottenham CR became first West End stations to join network
Four Elizabeth line stations will have 4G signal by the end of this year, Transport for London (TfL) revealed today, as the first two West End stations joined the network.
Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon and Liverpool Street are all due to get superfast 4G smartphone connectivity throughout the stations by Christmas.
TfL has also pledged to get 4G signal to all the line’s other subterranean stations and tunnels between Paddington, Abbey Wood and Stratford by the end of next April.
It came as Oxford Circus and Tottenham Court Road – and the Central line tunnels between them – today became the first West End Tube stations to get 4G and 5G.
Some 33 stations with underground platforms will have mobile coverage for Three UK, EE, Vodafone and Virgin Media O2 users by the end of 2023, rising to 40 in 2024.
TfL said coverage will be expanded to the Docklands Light Railway and the London Overground between Highbury & Islington and New Cross within the next two years.
Mayor Sadiq Khan marked the extended rollout by retweeting a selfie taken on the Oxford Circus platform this morning by Seb Dance, his Deputy Mayor for Transport.
Transport for London’s map shows the latest superfast 4G connectivity across the network
Mayor Sadiq Khan marked today’s extended rollout by retweeting a selfie taken on a Central line platform this morning by Seb Dance, his Deputy Mayor for Transport
Mr Khan then posted a photograph of the selfie being taken, confimring that 4G is now live
Mr Dance said: ‘Good signal on the Underground! Greetings from the Mayor and me on the Central line platforms – deep below the city streets – where 4G and 5G service is being rolled out.’
Which London Underground stations now have 4G coverage?
A total of 18 London Underground stations now have existing mobile coverage for users of Three UK, EE, Vodafone and Virgin Media O2:
- Holland Park
- Notting Hill Gate
- Oxford Circus (Central line only)
- Tottenham Court Road (Central and Northern lines only)
- Tufnell Park
- Camden Town
- Mornington Crescent
- Kentish Town (station shut until summer 2024, but 4G still provided to platforms for passing trains)
- Waterloo (Jubilee line only)
- London Bridge (Jubilee line only)
- Canada Water
- Canary Wharf
- North Greenwich
Mr Khan then posted a photograph of the selfie being taken, writing: ‘Confirmed: 4G and 5G at Oxford Circus and Tottenham Court Road is fully operational!
‘These stations join an ever-growing network of Underground lines and stations with full connectivity.’
From this morning, 4G and 5G coverage became available in the ticket halls of Oxford Circus and Tottenham Court Road, as well as on escalators and on Central line platforms.
Tottenham Court Road now also has 4G coverage on its Northern line platforms.
The rollout managed by Boldyn Networks will also enable the new Emergency Services Network (ESN) to get up and running, which will give first responders access to data, images and information in live situations and emergencies.
Camden Town and Mornington Crescent stations on the Northern line both got high-speed mobile coverage last month.
Customers using the Charing Cross branch of the Northern line at Euston station will also get 4G and 5G coverage in the coming weeks.
TfL said further stations along the Northern and Central lines such as Goodge Street, Chancery Lane and Bank will also get coverage over the coming months.
Coverage at the southern end of the Northern line is likely to go live at some point next summer.
Meanwhile the existing network on the Jubilee line will be upgraded to allow 5G to be available at station such as Canary Wharf and North Greenwich for the first time.
TfL said around 80 per cent of stations across the entire Tube network and the Elizabeth line will have mobile coverage by the end of 2024.
Mr Khan said: ‘I am delighted to see the promise I made of delivering 4G and 5G across the London Underground continuing to progress, with West End hubs Oxford Circus and Tottenham Court Road joining an ever-growing network of line and stations with full connectivity.
Engineers working in a tunnel on Underground network on the new 4G and 5G signal rollout
Mayor Sadiq Khan travels to City Hall on the London Underground’s Jubilee line on August 29
TfL issued this publicity photo of commuters using their phones in a tunnel on the Jubilee line
‘This means Londoners and visitors can now access the latest travel information or social media, check their emails, make calls, and stream videos whilst on the move underground.
Which stations will get 4G coverage next?
TfL today named these stations as being next in line to get 4G signal:
- Bond Street (end of 2023)
- Tottenham Court Road (end of 2023)
- Farringdon (end of 2023)
- Liverpool Street (end of 2023)
- Paddington (end of April 2024)
- Whitechapel (end of April 2024)
- Canary Wharf (end of April 2024)
- Woolwich (end of April 2024)
- Heathrow Terminals 2&3 (end of April 2024)
- Heathrow Terminal 4 (end of April 2024)
- Heathrow Terminal 5 (end of April 2024)
- Euston, Charing Cross branch (in the ‘coming months’)
- Goodge Street (in the ‘coming months’)
- Highgate (by end of spring 2024)
- East Finchley (by end of spring 2024)
- Hampstead (by end of spring 2024)
- Golders Green (by end of spring 2024)
- Belsize Park (by end of spring 2024)
- Chalk Farm (by end of spring 2024)
- Warren Street (by end of spring 2024)
- Chancery Lane (in ‘coming months’)
- Bank (in ‘coming months’)
- St Paul’s (by end of spring 2024)
- Holborn (by end of spring 2024)
- Bond Street (by end of spring 2024)
- Marble Arch (by end of spring 2024)
- Lancaster Gate (by end of spring 2024)
- Shepherd’s Bush (by end of spring 2024)
- White City – tunnel to Shepherd’s Bush (by end of spring 2024)
- Introduced from ‘later this year’
- Euston (by end of spring 2024)
- Warren Street (by end of spring 2024)
- Oxford Circus (by end of spring 2024)
- Russell Square (by end of spring 2024)
- Holborn (by end of spring 2024)
- Covent Garden (by end of spring 2024)
DOCKLANDS LIGHT RAILWAY
- Full network (by the end of 2024)
- Highbury & Islington to New Cross branch (by the end of 2024)
‘Growing numbers of underground Tube stations now have 4G and 5G services, with many more to come as we continue to build a better London for everyone.’
The first stations on the network to get 4G connectivity underground were those on the Jubilee Line between Canning Town and Westminster in March 2020.
TfL said that more than 10 per cent of Tube stations with platforms that are underground, and therefore usually unable to get a mobile signal, now have 4G and 5G mobile coverage.
When combined with sections of the Underground which are above ground, this means that around 60 per cent of the whole network has mobile coverage as it stands.
Andy Lord, London’s Transport Commissioner, said: ‘It’s great to see the first Tube stations in the West End getting high-speed mobile coverage on their phones within the station, as part of the next stage of our project with Boldyn Networks to bring 4G and 5G to the whole Tube network.
‘We are committed to delivering this programme which will allow customers to be more connected underground and get the latest travel information and news, as well as stay in contact with work, friends and families while travelling on our network.
‘More stations, including the first Elizabeth line stations, will be connected in the coming months and we remain committed to having a significant proportion of the entire Tube network connected by the end of 2024.’
About 500 people are said to have been working overnight across the Underground network to install mobile equipment, with all works tidied away before the network opens for travel each morning.
More than 1,200 miles (2,000km) of cabling as well as thousands of radios are expected to eventually be installed within tunnels and stations, once fitted outside of operational hours.
TfL said initial testing will soon begin on the Bakerloo, Victoria, Piccadilly lines ahead of technology being installed to allow 4G and 5G to be brought in on these lines later this year.
Coverage will also be introduced at additional platforms at Oxford Circus, as well as other interchange stations, the transport body added.
There are also future plans to extend 4G coverage to the Circle and District lines in 2025 or 2026.
Billy D’Arcy, chief executive of Boldyn Networks in the UK and Ireland, said: ‘We are incredibly proud of the successful launch of high-speed mobile coverage at London’s first West End Tube stations.
‘This achievement is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team and our valued partners, the Mayor of London and TfL.
‘We are excited to bring cutting-edge 4G and 5G connectivity to the entire Tube network, empowering millions of commuters and tourists to stay connected while travelling through these iconic stations.
‘We look forward to continuing to bring mobile coverage to even more stations, making a lasting impact on the way people experience public transport in the capital.’
Boldyn Networks was awarded a 20-year concession by TfL in June 2021 to deliver 5G-ready mobile connectivity across the entire Underground network.
Dee Corsi, chief executive of the New West End Company, said: ‘In today’s world an uninterrupted connection is an expected part of any visitor experience.
‘It is great to see that even more visitors travelling here on the Tube network will now be able to plan their trip whilst on route, and then jump onto our super-fast, free street Wi-Fi on arrival.
‘The younger shopper in particular is taking full advantage of our West End street Wi-Fi to save using their own data.’
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