Sections of London Underground may have to wait longer for full 4G and 5G coverage

By Staff

Sadiq Khan has warned that some parts of the London Underground will have to wait longer than others for full mobile coverage. In December, 4G and 5G became available on the Elizabeth line at Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon and Liverpool Street.

Parts of the London Underground network across the West End also now have ‘uninterrupted high-speed mobile connectivity’. Bosses added that the Victoria and Piccadilly lines to start getting coverage ‘by the end of March’.

Currently, plans suggest that ‘a significant proportion’ of the entire Tube network will have 4G and 5G mobile coverage by the end of 2024. The Mayor of London – who is also Chair of TfL – says that work continues, but told the London Assembly earlier this month that parts of the network where partial mobile coverage already exists need specific work carried that may stretch into 2025 or 2026.

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Mr Khan said: ” Transport for London (TfL) is working with Boldyn Networks to introduce 5G as well as 4G mobile coverage across the Elizabeth line, DLR and London Overground as well as the Tube. Currently, coverage on the Northern line is available between Belsize Park, Archway and Tottenham Court Road.

“Work continues to extend this further along the Northern line during 2024 – both along the Bank Branch via Old Street and along the southern end of the Northern line from Stockwell to Morden later this year. TfL expects a significant proportion of the entire Tube network and the Elizabeth line to have mobile coverage by the end of 2024.

“This includes the vast majority of the Northern line, which remains on course to have high quality 4G and 5G mobile coverage by the end of 2024. Small sections of some lines, such as those that are closer to the surface, where partial mobile coverage exists, require bespoke works that may extend into 2025/26.”

Available networks

At the moment, the Wi-Fi network providers available on the Underground include:

4G and 5G are available on the network from:

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