Melbourne’s Metro train commuters are relieved the wait for mobile phone coverage in the city loop is finally over.
The newly arrived mobile phone reception allows passengers to text and use internet while in the 12 kilometre tunnel.
The underground tunnels have previously been black spots for phone reception, leaving travellers without a connection for up to 10 minutes.
The update makes it possible to access high quality 3G voice and 4G data coverage while the train passes through popular underground stations, which include Parliament and Melbourne Central station.
“This ends years of frustration for passengers, who would be in the middle of a conversation only for their phone to cut out when they entered the loop,” Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan said in a media statement.
The announcement was made by the Victorian Government in June 2014, and the deal was set to be implemented soon after. The project will be delivered in two phases; the 3G mobile coverage phase complete, and the second phase of 4G services expected in late 2016.
The mobile coverage project is being delivered by Victorian rail asset owner VicTrack.
”The Andrews Labor Government has achieved what the Liberals promised but never delivered: mobile coverage in the city loop,” Mrs Allan said.
Further improvements to 4G data services will be carried out over the next 12-18 months. – Zena Chamas
Top photo of commuters enjoying full mobile phone reception at Melbourne Central Station by Sarah Allen