Say it isn't so!
Anyone who has ever had to take the tube to work will be all too familiar with the daily commuter problems we all know too well, such as the horrifying reason why you should never sit down on the London Underground – especially if you’re unfortunate enough to use the dirtiest tube line running.
Well, it seems as though taking the tube to work is about to get a whole lot worse.
Or better, depending on the way you look at it.
According to the Financial Times, Transport For London are working with London’s Mayor. Sadiq Khan. to open bidding for telecom groups to enable passengers to use their phones whilst travelling underground.
If you regularly use the tube you may have noticed certain underground lines and stations already offer internet access, but currently service in underground tunnels remains non-existent.
Rumour has it that the bidding will commence after the General Election, and ‘a number of companies are already vying for the work,’ reports the Financial Times.
‘We are keen to offer mobile phone coverage for our customers. The introduction of this would need to be commercially viable and would follow engagement with staff and customers,’ a spokesman for Transport For London said.
However, the news hasn’t been welcomed by all.
One Metro writer has said she ‘can’t think of anything more terrifying’ after hearing of TFL’s latest plans. She argues that tube journeys are bad enough without having to listen to other passengers ‘obnoxious calls’. After all, the time you spend underground is the one time you’re completely disconnected from social media and the likes.
On the other hand, one member of the Marie Claire team was thrilled to learn of TFL’s update.
‘I think it’s a great thing. If I can get signal on the tube, I will be able to use my 40-minute commute much more productively – whether that’s returning emails or finishing off work. Spending an hour and a half on the tube each day really cuts into your time so if I could have internet access and use that time effectively, that would be ideal. Plus, if there’s a delay, I can tell my husband to get started on dinner or tell the office that I’m going to be late instead of panicking that people are wondering where I am. I’m actually amazed that it’s taken so long for this to be enacted.’
So, what do you think? Are you for or against accessing the internet underground?