A £53.1 million fine levied on Network Rail for being unable to get trains running on time will have a tangible long-term benefit. The government will be using it to part-fund a £90 million upgrade to improve Wi-Fi reception on trains, an excellent formula for creating benefits out of problems that should be employed more often. What about parking fines being ring-fenced to repair potholes?

Anyway, the BBC reports that the improved free Wi-Fi will offer broadband speeds up to 10 times the current levels. This is great news. The more people can effectively work and remain connected on trains, the more they may choose rail as a preferred way to travel on business. This will mean less road traffic congestion and make time on the train potentially more constructive and pleasurable.

By Jason Freeman