Bus Éireann customers can now enjoy free Wi-Fi while waiting to board their coach or bus at seven of the company’s stations across the country.
Customers can surf the Web, update Facebook or tweet for free in Busaras Dublin, Parnell Place Station Cork, Ceannt Station Galway, Colbert Station Limerick, Waterford Station, Sligo Station, and Ballina Station. These stations have a combined weekly footfall of approximately 200,000 people.
The roll-out of free Wi-Fi in the bus stations has been funded by the National Transport Authority.
Minister for Public & Commuter Transport, Alan Kelly, TD, welcomed the initiative, saying it will improve the journey experience for customers.
“Buses and coaches are one of the most efficient ways to get around the country and being able to work, study, play games or use social media will greatly improve the transport experience. This will be money well spent. Access to Wi-Fi is an essential part of modern business and education, and as a Government we will continue to support such developments,” stated Minister Kelly.
Bus Éireann customers can already avail of free Wi-Fi on many inter-city, commuter and city services, and this initiative means they will now be able to enjoy free Wi-Fi throughout their journey.
“Free Wi-Fi on our services has proven very popular with customers who increasingly want to be connected for work or leisure while on the move and we would expect the in-station Wi-Fi to be just as well-used,” said Andrew McLindon, PR Manager, Bus Éireann.
Currently, half of the company’s 200-strong Expressway inter-city coach fleet is equipped with Wi-Fi following an investment of the company’s own resources. Bus Éireann intends to roll-out free Wi-Fi to the rest of its Expressway coaches in the coming months.
A further 90 city and commuter vehicles operating in Cork, Galway, Limerick, Waterford and the Greater Dublin Area provide free Wi-Fi following funding from theNational Transport Authority.
Customers at selected seats on 53 of the company’s new Expressway and commuter coaches can also charge their electronic devices while using free Wi-Fi.
The free in-station Wi-Fi equipment has been supplied by Fleet Connect, a leading provider of wireless communications products and services.