First MTR South Western Trains Ltd (SWR) has selected r2p GmbH to supply the full turn key solution for the on-train WiFi system on class 455 & 456 train fleets. The new free, fast and reliable WiFi system will enhance passenger travelling experience on these trains.
South Western Railway is a joint venture between FirstGroup and MTR Europe, two of the world’s leading train companies. With about 235 million passenger journeys a year, the South Western franchise covers urban, suburban, regional and long-distance routes between London Waterloo and South Western England, including Bristol, Exeter and Portsmouth. South Western Railway has some of the busiest routes in the country, operating nearly 1,700 services each weekday.
Balvinder Chana, r2p’s Director UK Operations, comments: “We are pleased that after the competitive analysis of the suppliers by SWR they have decided to select r2p to supply WiFi systems for class 455 & 456 train fleets. r2p has previously installed WiFi systems on several Deutsche Bahn trains in Germany and we are pleased to win our first major WiFi contract in the UK.”
r2p will install the new WiFi system on these trains at Wimbledon depot in London and all trains will be fitted with WiFi before end of 2018.
Neil Drury, Engineering Director South Western Railway, adds: “We are pleased to select r2p to supply the WiFi system for class 455 & 456 train fleets. r2p’s proposal was the most innovative and cost-effective. Quality and fully functioning on-train systems are important to our customers and I’m confident that r2p will provide us and our customers with the best support available in this key area.”
The rapidly growing r2p Group, headquartered in Flensburg, Germany, operates internationally in 45 countries with subsidiaries in Denmark, England, Switzerland and Brazil. With a silent partnership in Taiwan, a sales office in the Czech Republic and local manufacturing in India, r2p takes pride in being a truly global company.
As a market leader, r2p has great passion and energy for developing and distributing software and hardware for rail and road vehicles, mobile video surveillance, PIS, PA, WiFi, APC and telemetric solutions. Our experienced Swedish investor Alder AB, with an investment volume of more than €110 million, provides us with on-going support for our mission.