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London Midland launches “world first” free entertainment and Wi-Fi on trains

Press Release   •   Apr 24, 2017 08:00 BST

London Midland's new free entertainment and Wi-Fi package

London Midland has today unveiled a free entertainment package of movies, TV programmes, eBooks and magazines plus Wi-Fi on its trains. The new service is called Motion.

This is the first time movies have been available on trains on a web browser – so no need to download an app before travelling.

What’s available on Motion?

  • Major Hollywood movies – including Girl on a Train
  • Children’s TV favourites including Peppa Pig and Ben & Holly
  • Popular TV shows from Sky and Now TV
  • Over 70 eBooks and audio books
  • A selection of games
  • Digital magazines

The Motion entertainment package will operate independently of the free passenger Wi-Fi connection, freeing up that all-important bandwidth for those who need it most.

To give the best possible service, a state-of-the-art router is connected to three different networks providing the fastest free connection currently available on UK railways.

The Wi-Fi and entertainment package has already been installed on over half of London Midland’s long-distance fleet and Birmingham’s Cross City line between Lichfield and Redditch. By October, passengers on over 70 per cent of journeys will be able to enjoy the new service.

London Midland’s managing director, Patrick Verwer, said: “Twelve months ago we pledged to install Wi-Fi on all of our long-distance trains but we have been able to do much more. Our innovative approach to technology means we have been able to include the industry-leading entertainment package and cover key local routes too.

“Our aim is to create simply better journeys for all our customers. Free entertainment and Wi-Fi will not only improve the customer experience – it will change the way people think about travelling on our trains.

“We have made the package as user-friendly as possible and this is the first time that Hollywood studios have given the green light for on-board movies and TV shows to be streamed directly to a browser, rather than through a third-party app.”

From Tuesday 25 April, Motion will be available on the following London Midland routes

  • London Euston – Northampton – Coventry- Birmingham New St
  • London Euston – Milton Keynes - Stoke on Trent - Crewe
  • Liverpool Lime Street – Crewe – Stafford – Wolverhampton - Birmingham New Street
  • Redditch – Birmingham New Street – Lichfield Trent Valley
  • Wolverhampton- Birmingham New Street- Walsall

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Since 2007, London Midland has been providing train services to and from London in the south, to Birmingham in the Midlands and Liverpool in the north-west.  Over 70 million passenger journeys a year are made using on the network and London Midland manages  150 stations and operates  1,300 services a day.

London Midland is owned by Govia, the partnership between the Go-Ahead Group and Keolis. Govia is the UK’s busiest rail operator, responsible for nearly 30 per cent of UK passenger rail journeys through its three rail companies, GTR (which includes Gatwick Express services), Southeastern and London Midland.  Further information on Govia is available at www.govia.info

London Midland has won a range of awards, including Best Local Transport Integration, five Rail Business Awards for marketing, public relations and customer information, five Golden Spanner Awards for Engineering, three IOIC awards for internal communication and three Railstaff Awards for Outstanding Customer Service, Lifesaving and Charity Work. In 2017 London Midland was named as Britain's most improved train company by the Institute of Rail Operators and the UK's most improved  organisation for customer service in the UKCSI survey.

In 2017 London Midland was awarded the Investors in People (IiP) Gold Award and been awarded the 5 Star award by the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) in 2014.

For more information about London Midland please visit the London Midland website or the newsroom website.

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