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"Rail is the poor relation to road" says TSSA re damning mobile reportĀ 

7 February 2020

The National Infrastructure Commission has published a report laying bare the failings in mobile connectivity for the railways, saying bluntly "work appears to have stalled".

In its report – Connected Future – the Commission slams the lack of government progress, saying: “the current rate of progress will not be enough to ensure that basic mobile services are available on the UK’s main line rail routes by 2025.”

While progress in mobile and 4G coverage has been made covering the road network, improvements in coverage for rail have been almost non-existent in the last four years.

Commenting on the report, TSSA General Secretary Manuel Cortes said: “This is a damning report which shows the lack of support for our rail network under this government.

“Rail is the poor relation to road on so many measures, and now proven to be lagging behind in mobile coverage. This is madness given the urgent need to shift travel from polluting road vehicles to far cleaner rail travel.

“Whether it’s business or social travel, passengers need and expect quality connectivity so they can work, stream and communicate while they travel.

“Our railways should be the envy of the world, but without investment and vision they’ll be museum pieces.”



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