London Underground to get WiFi

The BBC is reporting that Virgin Media has won the contract to provide WiFi to London's key transport infrastructure, the Tube (which serves roughly 4 million people daily, including yours truly).

Virgin intends to start out with 80 of 270 stations, working their way up to 120 by the end of the year. There are no plans to include the service in the tunnels at the present time but it will be available on the platforms, near ticket offices and escalators and will crucially allow for all those tweets about delays on the Northern Line (assuming you're not stuck outside Bank).

From July 2012 through to the end of the Paralympics in September the service will be free, after which it will become pay-as-you-go.