Transport Secretary Justine Greening says a new high-speed rail network will ensure commuters will get a signal on their mobile phone as often as once every 50 minutes.
Plans for the £33bn HS2 system were approved, despite fears it would bring foreign tourists and Londoners into direct contact with northerners.
Phase one of HS2, between London and Birmingham, should be running by 2026. Which really means 2032, though passengers won’t be informed of the delay until minutes before the line is set to open.
The trains will travel at 250mph, or 5mph in the event leaves or snow fall on the track.
In welcoming the scheme Justine Greening also pointed out that commuters will be able to check their emails, provided they don’t contain images or more than three lines of text