Free Wi-Fi To Be Introduced On All 800 First Manchester Buses

Free Wi-Fi To Be Introduced On All 800 First Manchester Buses

Commuters will soon be able to start work on the bus as a company confirmed plans to roll out free wi-fi on its entire fleet next year.

Bus operator First will fit wi-fi in all 800 of its vehicles – at a cost of £1m.

The move was confirmed at a TfGM bus committee meeting.

The investment will also fund the introduction of GPS vehicle tracking technology to give customers real time bus running information and improve the accuracy of timetables.

First’s new £9m fleet of 50 single deckers, operating on routes in Oldham and Bolton, have already been fitted with the wi-fi equipment and all remaining buses will be kitted out in 2014.

The plan is part of a greater scheme to drive customers out of their cars and instead encourage them to board public transport. Paul Turner, business development manager for First, said: “The feedback from our customers has been they welcome the opportunity to use wi-fi on our new buses. This allows them the opportunity to use their smartphones, iPads and laptops to carry out a range of work and leisure activities while travelling on our buses.”

 

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