London-Coventry Railway Line: Mobile Phones

Department for Transport written question – answered on 8th January 2018.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has made an assessment of the level of availability of mobile phone coverage on the Coventry to London train line

Photo of Paul Maynard Paul Maynard Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Department has consulted on both the West Midlands Rail Franchise (WM) and Intercity West Coast Rail Franchise (ICWC), which operate on the Coventry to London line. ICWC services will form part of the new West Coast Partnership Rail Franchise (WCP). Responses to the consultations from both stakeholders and the public highlighted mobile connectivity as an important area for improvement. These responses informed the specification for WM franchise, which commenced on 10 December 2017, and the WCP franchise, which is due to begin in early 2019. As part of both new franchises there will be improvements to mobile connectivity and for WCP the winning bidder will be required to provide a report to the Secretary of State on the signal strength and capacity of the route.

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