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Passengers travelling on Virgin Trains' West Coast Main Line services will soon be able to take advantage of free super-fast broadband.

The carrier has pledged to make "significant improvements" to its rail service, after securing a franchise extension through to March 2017.

As part of the upgrade, Wi-Fi and 4G technology are to be deployed across Virgin's entire fleet of Pendolino and Super Voyager trains.

This means passengers travelling on the West Coast Main Line will be able to get online on their laptops, tablets and smartphones.

Network Rail is set to support the rollout, which is being described as "the first major intercity deployment of 4G technology on the UK rail network".

Patrick McCall, Executive Co-Chairman of Virgin Trains, said the company was "delighted" to have agreed a franchise extension with the Department for Transport.

"This deal is great news for passengers and taxpayers, with significant benefits for our customers as well as a big increase in the money we pay to government," he stated.

"We know Wi-Fi is high on our customers' priorities and we’re delighted that we’re going to be able to offer them free and super-fast [broadband]."

Mr McCall said that, along with thousands of extra seats and plans for new services, the deal will mean big improvements for millions of Virgin Trains passengers.

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