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First Great Western is to provide onboard Wi-Fi services for passengers travelling on its high-speed and sleeper services.

The rail carrier has conducted a successful trial of in-carriage wireless broadband and will roll out the technology across its fleet by mid-2014.

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Passengers travelling on First Great Western's high-speed services will have access to Wi-Fi by May. And the firm's two Night Riviera trains will be equipped with Wi-Fi by June.

Mark Hopwood, Managing Director of First Great Western, said the Wi-Fi services trialled on its Class 180 trains, which serve the north Cotswolds, have been "very well received" by customers.

"I am delighted we are able to extend this free service, and within the next year all high speed and sleeper fleet customers will be able to read their emails, browse the web, or simply catch up with friends while on the move," he stated.

At present, passengers have access to Wi-Fi powered by Sky's The Cloud network at a number of First Great Western stations around the country.

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