Connecting Kingston: council approves plans for free wifi in town centres

In a move to boost connectivity, free wifi is set to be rolled out in town centres across the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.

The first phase will see wifi installed in the Ancient Market Place. Following this, there are plans in place to expand connectivity to other areas of Kingston town centre, as well as Tolworth, New Malden, Chessington and Surbiton by mid 2018.

The council has commissioned Arqiva, a leading communications infrastructure company to carry out the project.

Cllr Andrea Craig, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Communications at Kingston Council, said:

"We are very excited to announce this roll out. We are a borough which attracts 20 million visitors each year for many reasons including our retail, leisure and cultural offer. Kingston is also the focus for some exciting regeneration, with more and more businesses choosing to locate and invest here. As a vibrant London borough, it is crucial that our outdoor connectivity is as good as it can be. We very much look forward to working with Arqiva to provide residents, businesses and visitors the connectivity needed for them to stay in contact, work on the go and browse the internet at leisure wherever and whenever they need."

CEO of Kingston First, Kirsten Henly, added:

“This deal is fantastic news for Kingston, and is a great initiative to support its customers and businesses. Bringing free Wi-Fi to the borough will offer residents and visitors seamless access to more information about what’s going on, and what’s available to them in the local community, and will help ensure Kingston town centre remains amongst the very best in London.”