London Underground stations to display World Cup scores on train departure boards

World Cup fever is slowly growing as the tournament approaches, and many around the world are already planning how they will keep up with all the action in Brazil. In a vibrant and multicultural city like London, there will be supporters not just of the England team, but also of national teams from across the globe. 

With most of London's citizens and visitors owning smartphones, it won't be too difficult to stay informed on the latest scores for most of the time - but of course, that quickly changes as soon they go underground, into the depths of the capital's metro system, beyond the reach of cellular signals. Many of the city's commuters will therefore be delighted by news that they will still be able to keep up to date with the latest scores on the London Underground network.

London's transit authority, Transport for London, has joined forces with global football website ESPNFC to bring news, results and score updates to London Underground's train departure boards at over 140 stations, ensuring that travellers will be able to stay updated on all of the developments from Brazil.

All stations across the entire Central, Northern, Bakerloo and Jubilee Lines will offer these updates alongside train departure information on their platforms. Additionally, around 400 service update boards, located in the entrances of tube stations across the network, will also feature the World Cup info.

While some tube stations now have Wi-Fi access, provided by Virgin Media, there are still many that do not. Wireless internet access is available free to some users, dependent on their mobile network, but others have to pay for this access. 

London Underground managing director Mike Brown said: "This is a great way to keep our passengers up to date on the football and we are really pleased to be teaming up with ESPNFC to deliver this. It also generates a bit of money to allow us to keep investing in further improvements to the tube network."

The partnership will kick off this Thursday, June 12, in time for the match between Brazil and Croatia, and will continue until Monday, July 14. 

images via Transport for London

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dranzer006 said,
can be useful when someone is late on there way home for the match

That's what smartphones are for? I might be mistaken though, don't own one.

Re-read the article, it clearly says "that quickly changes as soon they go underground, into the depths of the capital's metro system, beyond the reach of cellular signals"

there isn't coverage to make calls/text or use the internet in London underground

Do people really want this? I mean, if I was going to watch a game when I got home, and just happen to see the score on the tube platform, I'd be pretty annoyed.

They can't even give proper announcements as to what is causing the delay on the train. Absolute joke of a decision.

A waste of time for starters. When I look at the departure boards I want to know when the next train's coming, not what the score of a game is or ads for some company.

Okay, but departure boards will still indicate when the next train is coming. This isn't replacing the standard information; it's supplementing it.

gcaw said,
Okay, but departure boards will still indicate when the next train is coming. This isn't replacing the standard information; it's supplementing it.

I'd love to know how removing the next departure times and replacing it with crappy football scores periodically is supplementing it? If anyone, it's frustrating and removing it.
I look at a departure board to see train times, if I wanted to see football scores, I'd get a phone or radio or watch tv.

n_K said,

I'd love to know how removing the next departure times and replacing it with crappy football scores periodically is supplementing it? If anyone, it's frustrating and removing it.
I look at a departure board to see train times, if I wanted to see football scores, I'd get a phone or radio or watch tv.

You won't have to mate. It'll be on the departure boards for your convenience.

You need to understand, that even as a non fan of soccer, like myself, the world cup is a pretty big deal.

i am pretty sure the money will be used to improve the tube system=)) yeah right... as the football money in general is used for the poor communities...