Mobile coverage now available in Elizabeth Line tunnels

Passengers can now access 4G and 5G data all the way from Liverpool Street to Paddington

credit TfL

High speed 4G and 5G mobile coverage is now available to customers using the Elizabeth Line as they travel across central London.

Following all Elizabeth Line stations getting mobile coverage earlier this year, Transport for London (TfL) and Boldyn Networks, TfL’s partner in delivering the connectivity, have now introduced coverage within the tunnels from Paddington Station to Liverpool Street Station, covering approximately five miles and meaning that they can now stay connected as they travel between stations.

Further tunnelled sections of the Elizabeth Line towards Whitechapel will be connected in the coming weeks, and the whole line will have mobile coverage by the end of summer.

TfL and Boldyn Networks are working to introduce high-speed 4G and 5G mobile coverage across the whole tube, Docklands Light Railway and Elizabeth Line network, as well as between Highbury and Islington and New Cross on the London Overground. Bringing high-speed mobile coverage to London’s underground stations and tunnels means that customers can stay connected as they travel around London and share all the exciting things London has to offer with friends, family and work colleagues.

All four mobile network operators – Three UK, EE, Vodafone, and Virgin Media O2 (VMO2) – are taking part in the rollout.

As well as providing mobile coverage to Elizabeth Line tunnels, mobile connectivity also continues to be introduced across the tube network in central London. Recently, Hyde Park Corner and Russell Square stations on the Piccadilly Line started to receive coverage and further sections of the Northern Line, Bakerloo Line, Piccadilly Line and Victoria Line are anticipated to go live in the coming month.

Along with allowing customers to stay connected with family and friends above ground, the expanding coverage will also give rail and tube staff better connectivity to pass on information and host the new Emergency Services Network (ESN). The ESN, when fully operational, will give first responders immediate access to life-saving data, images and information in live situations and emergencies on the frontline.

As well as all eight ‘underground’ Elizabeth Line stations, across London, 36 tube stations have started to offer mobile coverage to customers in the ticket halls, platform areas and interchanges, with many more, including the southern end of the Northern Line, expected to go live by the end of the summer. This is around 30% of tube stations which are ‘underground’, and when combined with tube stations which are above ground, means that nearly 70% of all stations on the tube network have now started to have mobile coverage available.

Andy Lord, London’s transport commissioner, said: “It’s wonderful to see our programme to introduce high-speed mobile coverage now benefitting customers on the Elizabeth line, the newest part of London’s historic underground network of stations and tunnels.

“This key step in bringing better connectivity to London’s underground stations and tunnels will allow more people travelling around the capital to keep in touch, share photos and make the most of the city, especially as we start to enjoy the summer.”

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