Free wifi hotspot for town centre

Barrie Grunewald
Barrie Grunewald

ST HELENS residents can now stay connected to the online world more easily after a free wifi hotspot was installed in the town centre.

The hotspot covers the whole of Church Street and Church Square and has been set up to mark the end of mobile phone giant O2’s Digital Communities project.

Anyone registered for O2 wifi can connect seamlessly on any device, with no passwords or PIN numbers to remember, after the firm teamed up with the local authority to install the hotspot.

St Helens Council leader Barrie Grunewald said: “In an increasingly digital age, many people use and have come to expect social media and internet

access on the go, so I’m glad we’re now able to meet that expectation for anyone coming into the town centre.

“This is a big win for St Helens and underlines the great strides we’re making towards reinvigorating the town centre, with the opening of big brand stores including H&M, Fat Face and USC, the developments at West Point and our recent appointment of a town centre manager.

“In their time here, O2 has helped to demonstrate our ambition to create a modern and connected St Helens.”

The council also thanked the management of Church Street store Claire’s Accessories for allowing the wifi box to be installed.

Digital Communities was set up to showcase the benefits of technology and easy Internet access to St Helens residents.