Mayoral candidates pledge mobile data rollout on Tube

London’s leading Mayoral candidates have come out in favour of 4G mobile phone coverage on the city’s Tube lines.

Incumbent Mayor, Labour’s Sadiq Khan pledged the rollout of 4G mobile phone coverage across all Tube stations and tunnels if re-elected on 6 May.

Conservative candidate Shaun Bailey matched the pledge and pointed out that the Mayor had already pledged this in August 2017 (to have been completed by 2019). At the moment, only one portion of the Jubilee Line has mobile data coverage. The connectivity on the Jubilee Line between Westminster and Canning Town was introduced as a pilot.

Entire Tube network to be covered “by mid 2020s”

Mayor Khan said:

“It has long been clear that poor mobile connectivity is a major barrier to growth.

“The expansion of 4G on the tube and 5G city-wide will enable Londoners to do everything from preparing pitches and applying for jobs to catching up on emails on the go.

“I will ensure that all Londoners can benefit from the vast opportunities improved digital infrastructure can provide.”

The mayor said that if re-elected on 6 May, he would authorise TfL to award a contract for the expansion of 4G coverage across the entire Tube network later this year.

Following the start of the trial last year, TfL said that the entire Tube network could potentially have mobile connectivity by “the mid-2020s”.

Mayor has “made a mess” of TfL’s finances

shaun baileyShaun. Bailey told City A.M:

“Because he made a mess of TfL’s finances, Sadiq Khan hasn’t been able to invest in TfL’s future.

“So as mayor, I’ll set up a London Infrastructure Bank to fund long-term projects and investment — including 4G on the tube network.

“And I’ll introduce corporate sponsorship to the tube, just like Santander sponsor our bike-hire scheme.”

The Mayor of London election is set to take place on 6 May, with Khan the overwhelming favourite. Current polling suggests he will win a landslide victory.

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