This is an important step towards delivering 4G mobile coverage throughout our tunnels and Tube stations and across our on-street infrastructure, which will unlock one of the UK’s most high profile not-spots. Once delivered, this will allow customers to check their emails and read the latest news and social media updates as well as check for live travel information while underground on the Tube. We hope for a wide range of interest from companies all across the world as part of this procurement process and we remain committed to introducing 4G coverage from 2019.
The capital’s transport body has long been eyeing a move to provide 4G mobile coverage across its Underground network, and doing so is aimed at generating more commercial income for TfL. The organisation faces a number of financial pressures led by the reduction in grant funding from government, with a £1bn operational deficit on the cards next year. It is looking for new sources of revenue to reinvest in the transport network to help steer it back to an operating surplus by 2021/2022. City A.M. revealed last month that TfL had hired Helen Murphy from engineering consultancy WSP to head up a new consulting business aimed at cashing in on TfL's expertise – from its ticketing systems to running transport services – across the globe.