By Marcus Leach

Plans to install Wi-Fi in 120 of London's underground stations ahead of the 2012 Olympics have been scrapped.

Mayor Boris Johnson had
hoped to have awarded a contract to the chosen bidder before the end of 2011
. However Transport for London (TfL) and various mobile operators including 02, Vodafone, Everything Everywhere and 3 and the French engineering company Thales, decided to abandon the project over funding issues and the technical complexity of installing the system in time.

"The mayor and TfL made it clear that, given the financial pressures on TfL's budgets, any solution would have to have been funded through mobile operators with no cost to fare or taxpayers," a TfL statement said.

"The parties were not able to agree a viable proposal, and the project is therefore not being progressed at this time."