Mobile Phones: Railways

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 23rd January 2019.

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Photo of Stephen Hepburn Stephen Hepburn Labour, Jarrow

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans his Department has to improve the levels of mobile connectivity available to passengers along the rail corridor.

Photo of Margot James Margot James The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Following a Call for Evidence in December 2017, DCMS is considering how best to improve the levels of mobile connectivity along key rail corridors. In 2018, Ofcom provided further advice to government on improving rail passenger access to data services. The report can be found at https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0024/123657/Rail-connectivity-advice-DCMS.pdf Ofcom are also collecting data on the signal strength available to rail passengers. We expect a report to be published this calendar year.

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