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A new trial of wireless broadband services has launched on the London Underground network today (Monday November 1st).

The six-month Wi-Fi trial, the brainchild of Mayor Boris Johnson, will allow commuters passing through Charing Cross station to access web services on their laptops.

Wireless broadband services will be accessible in the station ticket hall and on its Bakerloo and Northern Line platforms, although not on trains as yet.

London Underground is working with BT Openzone on the Wi-Fi trial, which could be rolled out across the capital if it proves a success.

"An ever-growing commuter populous has been clamouring to be able to check their emails and browse the net whilst on the go," said Kulveer Ranger, Transport Adviser to the Mayor.

"This trial at Charing Cross will allow them to do just that whilst on the Tube platform. It is an important step towards seeing how this could be achieved and is part of the Mayor's ambition to examine ways in which we can use technology to adapt the city's transport system."

Earlier this year, East Midlands Trains launched an on-board Wi-Fi service for passengers using its northbound services from London.

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