So, we’re back and looking at the rather topical experience of WiFi at Network Rail operated London Bridge station. Network Rail also provides WiFi at Euston Station which we covered last year, with a similar experience.
So alighting a train from Waterloo, between platforms 6 & 7 a FREE_WIFI_SSID was available and we took a closer look. Having worked with Network Rail (on WiFi) until late 2015 I am familiar with the way that WiFi has been approached at these stations and I know that the infrastructure is robust.
Users have to literally stumble across the open SSID as there is no signage at the station to promote the availability of WiFi. The first video provides an overview of the registration process, the data collected and the T&Cs.
SPOILER ALERT: I was not able to register for the WiFi from this location
London Bridge is Network Rail’s newest station concept with more retail space than any other terminal station in the UK. The WiFi has not been installed along platforms, but it seems obvious that commuters would use the service, particularly when departing the station. We visited on a Saturday around midday.
They collect the following data:
- Email address
- First Name
- Last Name
- Reason for travel
- Date of Birth
I did however persevere and was able to register for the service from a different location within the station. This yielded the expectedly good results below: At 153Mbps the service was quick, although some strange throttling limited the upstream speeds to 200kbps rendering the network somewhat less useful.
Since we were at London Bridge, we took a look at TfL’s WiFi here