Go-Ahead’s provision of onboard WiFi has been certified for safety and family-friendly content
The Wifi Friendly scheme was launched by David Cameron, in partnership with The UK Council for Child Internet Safety
Free WiFi is available onboard Go-Ahead buses and trains across the country
7th February - The Go-Ahead Group has secured the ‘Friendly WiFi’ certification for its provision of internet access on connected buses and trains.
The certification means that internet services accessed through Go-Ahead’s onboard WiFi will be family friendly and suitable for all ages.
One of the UK’s largest public transport operators, Go-Ahead is committed to providing internet access on buses and trains across the country, and the free network will filter out inappropriate content, including indecent images and advertisements, providing confidence to parents that the service is safe for children to use.
The certification was carried out by Friendly WiFi - the government-initiated safe certification standard. Launched by David Cameron in 2013, the Friendly Wi-Fi logo tells customers that services meet agreed filtering standards.
Katy Taylor, the Group’s Commercial and Customer Director said:
“More and more of our customers rely on the free WiFi we provide to be able to stay connected – with news alerts, social media and messages. We know how important it is to stay connected for people of all ages, especially on the go. We’re very proud to be Friendly WiFi certified, providing further reassurance to parents and to all of our customers that children can browse safely online while they’re out and about.”
John Carr - Secretary of the UK's Children's Charities' Coalition on Internet Safety (CHIS) said:
“The Friendly Wi-Fi symbol was designed to help children, young people and adults recognise a service that assures them that the public Wi-Fi that they are accessing is filtered and safe. To parents, the symbol not only gives them confidence that the Wi-Fi is filtered and independently certified, but that the Wi-Fi that meets minimum standards goes a long way to ensuring no-one is unsafe or uncomfortable as they travel.”
Go-Ahead is one of the leading UK public transport operator companies. Our purpose is to be the local partner taking care of journeys that enhance the lives and wellbeing of our communities across the world. Employing around 29,000 people across our businesses, over 1.2 billion passenger journeys are undertaken on our rail and bus services every year. In addition to the travelling public, our customers include governments and local authorities. We are committed to contributing to tackling climate change, improving air quality and reducing social isolation, and aim to run a zero emission bus fleet by 2035.
Go-Ahead is one of the UK's largest bus operators. With a fleet of nearly 6,000 buses, we carry over two million passengers every day. We have a strong presence in London, with around 23 per cent market share, where we provide regulated services for Transport for London. Outside London, we principally serve high-density commuter markets, including the North East, Greater Manchester, East Yorkshire, East Anglia, South East and South West England. Internationally, we operate a bus contract in Singapore and two bus contracts in Ireland.
The rail division operates two franchises in the UK and two contracts in Germany. In the UK, Southeastern and GTR (Govia Thameslink Railway) operate through our 65% owned subsidiary, Govia, which is 35% owned by Keolis. It is the largest rail operation in the UK, responsible for around 30 per cent of all UK passenger rail journeys through its rail franchises. In Germany, our contracts are run exclusively by Go-Ahead.
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About Friendly WiFi
Friendly WiFi is a government-initiated safe certification standard for public WiFi. The Friendly WiFi symbol tells you where the service meets minimum filtering standards – particularly in areas where children are present.
Approved venues and locations worldwide displaying the Friendly WiFi symbol have proved their service blocks access to pornography, images and videos of child sexual abuse and web pages known by the Internet Watch Foundation to host indecent images of children.