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Train passengers are to gain access to high-speed mobile broadband on the busiest parts of Britain’s rail network, the government has announced.

Led by Network Rail, the industry will work to tackle a series of 'not-spots' along rail corridors which suffer from poor mobile broadband coverage.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin claimed that 70 per cent of the travelling public should benefit from the new technology by 2019.

Some passengers will gain mobile broadband connectivity for their laptops and mobile devices as early as 2015, he noted.

Mr McLoughlin said there are "few things more frustrating" than trying to access the internet, only to be thwarted by bad signal.

"Passengers deserve to have the best mobile technology and that is why I am pleased that industry is coming together to make that a reality," he stated.

"Be it hardworking commuters preparing for the day on their journey into work or leisure travellers making final plans for their weekend away, [this] announcement marks the beginning of the end of poor coverage on our railways."

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