LNER to eliminate key wifi "notspot" on Edinburgh-London route

Signal to be boosted where poor or no coverage between Berwick and Newcastle.

Friday, 5th June 2020, 12:44 pm
Updated Friday, 5th June 2020, 2:10 pm

One of the worst gaps in 4G coverage on the east coast main line is to be plugged thanks to a deal between train operator LNER and mobile operator O2.

A 45-mile section in Northumberland and North Tyneside is to be upgraded with up to 12 new masts, which will also benefit nearby communities.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Planning permission for the first stage has been approved by Northumberland County Council.

A LNER train travelling through the Northumberland "notspot".
A LNER train travelling through the Northumberland "notspot".

LNER said the final phase will see 5G available in Newcastle Central Station by next summer.

Managing director David Horne said: “We know how vital mobile connectivity is for our customers, so we’re proud to be radically improving this for those who

travel on our trains and also work and live along our route.”

A message from the Editor:

Thank you for reading this story on our website.

While I have your attention, I also have an important request to make of you.

With the coronavirus lockdown having a major impact on many of our advertisers - and consequently the revenue we receive - we are more reliant than ever on you taking out a digital subscription

Subscribe to scotsman.com and enjoy unlimited access to Scottish news and information online and on our app.

With a digital subscription, you can read more than 5 articles, see fewer ads, enjoy faster load times, and get access to exclusive newsletters and content.

Our journalism costs money and we rely on advertising, print and digital revenues to help to support them.

By supporting us, we are able to support you in providing trusted, fact-checked content for this website.

Joy Yates

Editorial Director

 0 comments

Want to join the conversation? Please or to comment on this article.