LNER to eliminate key wifi "notspot" on Edinburgh-London route

Signal to be boosted where poor or no coverage between Berwick and Newcastle.

One of the worst gaps in 4G coverage on the east coast main line is to be plugged thanks to a deal between train operator LNER and mobile operator O2.

A 45-mile section in Northumberland and North Tyneside is to be upgraded with up to 12 new masts, which will also benefit nearby communities.

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Planning permission for the first stage has been approved by Northumberland County Council.

A LNER train travelling through the Northumberland "notspot".A LNER train travelling through the Northumberland "notspot".
A LNER train travelling through the Northumberland "notspot".

LNER said the final phase will see 5G available in Newcastle Central Station by next summer.

Managing director David Horne said: “We know how vital mobile connectivity is for our customers, so we’re proud to be radically improving this for those who

travel on our trains and also work and live along our route.”

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