London Overground passengers will be able to access free Wi-Fi internet at stations by the end of the year.

According to a report by The Telegraph, users will be allocated 60 minutes of free usage per day. The deal will see all 56 stations fitted with Wi-Fi with the first 12 to be up and running by the end of the year.

Steve Murphy, managing director of London Overground Rail Operations said: "Access to the internet is no longer limited solely to home or to the workplace, and people’s expectation is to be able to work and communicate effectively and seamlessly while they’re on the move so we’re delighted to support this initiative which will bring reliable, free WiFi to London Overground’s customers."

Each hotspot will be operated by Wi-Fi provider The Cloud and users will need to register once to use the service. The first 12 stations will be Willesden Junction, West Hampstead, New Cross Gate, Forest Hill, West Croydon, Norwood Junction, Surrey Quays, Dalston, Wapping, Hackney Central, Kensington Olympia and Shepherd’s Bush.

The news comes soon after it was revealed that Virgin Media will provide Wi-Fi access for the London Underground in time for the London 2012 Olympics. This service will be free but then move into a pay-as-you-go deal later on. London Overground said its service will remain free.