The new free service, which was installed earlier this year and tested extensively ahead of its introduction, was launched on Monday 23rd May by First Hull Trains’ MD, Cath Bellamy.
The announcement follows the company’s recent £2m refresh programme with all First Hull Trains’ Class 180 trains receiving an internal and external makeover.
Also in recent weeks, the company has announced a brand new healthy options and organic summer menu and a timetable that will see some journey times reduced to less than two hours and thirty minutes – for the first time since the company was formed in 2000 (in 2000 journey times were around three hours.)
Cath Bellamy said: “Customers can now make even more of their journey with our free onboard WiFi. They can catch up on emails, work, play, shop, download, unload, use Facebook or tweet as they enjoy a fast connection to the internet on board our even faster trains.
“By using multiple, best available mobile data connections, we can ensure that our customers get a strong internet connection as they travel. This means that online sessions will not be interrupted. It’s all really very simple.
“Any WiFi enabled device will work including all mainstream laptops, PDAs, smart phones and web browsers are supported. We are delighted to offer the service free of charge to all of our customers.”
Commenting on the new WiFi service, Chief Executive of Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce, Dr Ian Kelly, said:
“We supported First Hull Trains before the company was formed because we could see the potential economic benefits of a more regular direct train service to the Capital. Since then, the company has gone from strength to strength.
“The recent refurbishment work, new and improved on board menus and services, faster journey times and now free WiFi mean that service levels continue to improve beyond our initial and ongoing expectations. First Hull Trains is a business that we are all very proud of and we are delighted to see the company’s product and service offering continually improving.”
The company has created an easy to use, step-by-step guide which is available on all services.