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Clapham Finally Joins the 21st Century with Mobile Coverage on the Tube

It’s about time! In an almost revolutionary move, Clapham Common station is set to receive 4G and 5G mobile coverage next week.

This upgrade is a part of a broader effort to catapult London’s underground transport network into the era of digital connectivity – yes, in 2024!

While the rest of the world has been enjoying the wonders of mobile connectivity, parts of the London Underground are just now getting a taste of this modern convenience. The London Underground and the Elizabeth line have been making strides, with all new Elizabeth line stations like Paddington and Canary Wharf now fully equipped with 4G. The entire line is on its way to achieving complete connectivity, tunnel by tunnel.

The Underground expansion isn’t stopping there, with recent additions including parts of the Victoria and Piccadilly lines. Even places like the tunnels between Euston and Warren Street, and Covent Garden station, are no longer digital deserts. And in the coming weeks, we can expect the connectivity crusade to continue, bringing the digital dawn to even more parts of the underground network.

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, chimed in with his thoughts, noting that this upgrade will allow Londoners and visitors alike to finally stay connected while underground. “Now, everyone can stay updated with the latest travel information, check in with friends, family, and even stream music at every station along the Elizabeth line. We’re moving at high speed to bring you what most of the world has had for a decade,” said Khan, with what we imagine was a wink.

This monumental upgrade is courtesy of Boldyn Networks, which is funding the rollout at no cost to Transport for London (TfL). About 500 night owls (also known as workers) are busy installing over 2,000 kilometres of cabling and thousands of radios, all while ensuring that their work doesn’t interfere with the Tube’s operation during the day.

By the end of the year, about 80% of the underground stations and the entire Elizabeth line are expected to be wired for mobile service. And by the end of next year, the plan is to cover virtually the entire London Underground, along with the DLR and London Overground.

For Clapham, the upgrade at Clapham Common station is a welcome leap into modernity. Finally, residents and commuters can enjoy the perks of being connected while traveling underground. Better late than never, right? Here’s to smoother, more connected journeys—welcome to the digital age, Clapham!

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