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Passengers travelling on London Overground are to get free internet access after the body that runs the train network, London Overground Rail Operations Limited, signed a deal with The Cloud to roll out Wi-Fi at its stations.

The contract will give travellers one hour of free online access every day, at any station on the network.

The Wi-Fi rollout, which will cover all 56 London overground train stations, will begin in the summer and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Commuters will be asked to complete a one-time registration process before being given access to the service, according to The Cloud.

The major stations on the network that are scheduled to get Wi-Fi before the end of 2012 include:

  • Willesden Junction and West Hampstead in north London.
  • New Cross Gate, Forest Hill, West Croydon and Norwood Junction in south London.
  • Surrey Quays, Dalston, Wapping and Hackney Central in east London.
  • Kensington Olympia and Shepherd's Bush in west London.

Steve Murphy, managing director of London Overground Rail Operations Limited, said: "Access to the internet is no longer limited solely to home or to the workplace, and people's expectation is to be able to work and communicate effectively and seamlessly while they're on the move so we're delighted to support this initiative which will bring reliable, free Wi-Fi to London Overground's customers."

The news follows London Underground's recent announcement that it has signed a deal with Virgin Media to install wireless internet access at 80 tube stations in time for the 2012 Olympics.

This article was originally published at Guardian Government Computing.

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