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Passengers travelling on National Express rail services in East Anglia are to gain access to wireless broadband services, it has been announced.

Intercity trains on the London to Norwich line are to be fully equipped with Wi-Fi technology, prior to a service launch in the new year.

National Express East Anglia has secured a grant of £346,000 from the East of England Development Agency and Norfolk and Suffolk County Councils towards installation of the equipment involved.

Andrew Chivers, Managing Director at NXEA, said the project is progressing well and remains on schedule.

He said the new on-board Wi-Fi service illustrates the firm's "ongoing commitment" to continue improving train services.

Graham Plant, Norfolk County Council Cabinet Member for Travel and Transport, added that Wi-Fi on all Norwich to London Intercity trains "will be a boon for businesses".

"The train journey to and from Norwich will be transformed from travel time to valuable office time, and to know that it will be available on every Intercity train will be particularly pleasing for business travellers," he commented.

Earlier this year, East Midlands Trains announced that wireless broadband services were being launched on its London to Nottingham and Sheffield services. 

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