TRAIN services may be in line for a multimillion pound investment in free Wi-fi.

The commuter route from Brighton to London is highlighted as a candidate for the programme which would see £90 million spent nationwide on providing fast and free internet access.

Part of the cost will be drawn from a multimillion-pound fine imposed on Network Rail for missing punctuality targets.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: "We all know how frustrating it can be to have our phone calls and internet use constantly disrupted by poor signal while travelling on trains.

"At the moment it happens too often. Passengers expect and deserve better and with these plans, that is what they'll get."

The RMT union criticised the plans saying the money will come at the expense of maintenance and renewal budgets.