Monday, 29 June 2020 11:48

NSW Central Coast train stations now have free W-iFi Featured

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Free Wi-Fi is now available at 19 train stations on the rail line from Hornsby to Wyong in New South Wales, with Northern Sydney and Central Coast residents in the State getting greater connectivity on their daily commute.

The new connectivity marks a major milestone for the Gig State joint project being undertaken by the Federal and NSW Governments, which is also designed to boost mobile coverage along the 68-kilometre section of the NSW Central Coast and Newcastle Line.

Federal Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, Paul Fletcher, welcomed the new Wi-Fi coverage and said it was “great to see work continuing to connect the rail corridor”.

“The Morrison Government is committed to improving connectivity and reducing black spots along the Central Coast rail corridor, allowing passengers to use their travel time to work remotely or connect with friends and family,” Minister Fletcher said.

Federal Member for Robertson, Lucy Wicks said, with more people returning to work, as COVID-19 restrictions ease, the new connectivity will make a “real difference” for people travelling by train between the Central Coast and Sydney.

“I know from speaking to a number of commuters across the Central Coast, the new free Wi-Fi at train stations and the new mobile coverage we’ve delivered so far will have clear and immediate benefits.

“This will allow people to be more productive on their journey along the corridor and to stay connected to work and family,” Wicks said.

Federal Member for Berowra, Julian Leeser, welcomed the improved productivity that would result from better connectivity.

“The rail corridor is a vital link for many. Significant black spots along the train line have been causing calls to drop out and have made it impossible to work on the train. This project will provide new connectivity and continuous mobile coverage along the rail corridor, helping to boost productivity,” Leeser said.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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