Chiltern fight back in their battle with Virgin

In the battle for business passengers on the Birmingham to London route, Chiltern Railways has become the first rail operator in the UK to offer free wireless internet access.

The route, which is one of the most competitive around, has been the subject of aggressive marketing by Virgin over the last couple of years - largely targeting Chiltern's slower comparative journey times. (See below)

But Chiltern are fighting back with this latest offer, and coupled with a £250 million investment in upgrading the route that reduces their quickest journey time between the cities to 90 minutes - things have just got a little more interesting.

It will be interesting to see how they sell the proposition to win the wallets of a lucrative commuter market.