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All commuters on the London to Scotland east coast main line are to be given complimentary Wi-Fi broadband internet access.

The move comes as coach travel giant National Express has today announced that it is to acquire the route from GNER.

Furthermore, as the firm's ongoing £1.4 billion purchase of GNER is completed, the service will be rolled out throughout related routes.

Under the plans, wireless broadband access will be extended from those travelling in first-class carriages to standard class passengers, who previously had to pay £2.95 per hour or £9.95 for a day's full use.

The on-board Wi-Fi is able to ensure that connection is maintained in the event of travelling through tunnels through its use of both satellite link and mobile 3G/GPRS networks.

All 41 of GNER's trains are equipped with wireless broadband connectivity as part of £3.2 million fit-out.

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