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Governments at the state and federal level and the private sector are funding improvements to mobile connectivity along the Central Coast line.
In addition, passengers and residents can now access Wi-Fi at 19 train stations between Hornsby and Wyong. The improvements hope to reduce black spots and resolve connectivity issues across the 68-kilometre section.
Federal Minister for Communications Paul Fletcher said that these improvements would increase productivity and improve passenger amenity.
“The Morrison Government is committed to improving connectivity and reducing black spots along the Central Coast rail corridor, allowing passengers to use their travel time to work remotely or connect with friends and family,” he said.
Federal member for Berowra Julian Leeser said that the improvements would be welcomed by the local community.
“The rail corridor is a vital link for many. Significant black spots along the train line have been causing calls to drop out and have made it impossible to work on the train. This project will provide new connectivity and continuous mobile coverage along the rail corridor, helping to boost productivity.”
The federal government contributed $12 million to the project, with the NSW state government contributing $4m and Telstra $13m.
The Wi-Fi service is now available at all stations between Hornsby and Wyong.
The tunnels, hills, and valleys of the line create black spots for mobile coverage, which will be rectified following the project.