Providers sought for train phone and internet services

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Reliable mobile phone and internet service on the train between Woy Woy and Sydney is a step closer, according to Member for Robertson Ms Lucy Wicks.

Expressions of interest were called on Wednesday, September 27, to upgrade the mobile telecommunications infrastructure along the rail line from Woy Woy south to Hornsby and North to Wyong. “Mobile drop outs and blackspots are incredibly frustrating for commuters along the Central Coast Line, and the Turnbull Government is delivering on its election commitment to fi x the problem,” said Ms Wicks. “The total package will improve mobile coverage as well as provide wifi at stations for Central Coast commuters,” Ms Wicks said. She said the investment was an important step forward in supporting thousands of local, hard-working commuters.

The Expression of Interest will be open until November and a formal tender process will commence by the end of the year. “We’ll be working with mobile network operators and infrastructure providers to remove coverage blackspots on more than 60 kilometres of rail corridor so commuters will be able to continue working, or stay in touch with family and friends, while travelling. “This is an important milestone in delivering better services to local commuters. The NSW Government will be seeking further Expressions of Interest to install wifi at Woy Woy station and others along the Central Coast rail line.

SOURCE: Media release, 27 Sep 2017 Tim Sowden, Office of Lucy Wicks MP

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