Superfast West Yorkshire hits finishing line

Superfast West Yorkshire hits finishing line

The first phase of BT’s multi-million pound Superfast West Yorkshire roll-out has been completed, with more than 67,500 households and businesses now able to access superfast broadband.

Since work began in January 2014 hundreds of kilometres of underground fibre optic cable have been laid and 441 new green fibre street cabinets installed in what is one of the largest civil engineering projects undertaken in West Yorkshire in recent years.

Now, work is underway on the second phase of the rollout, with a further 33,000 premises set to benefit.

The additional £13m investment will see 98 per cent of the programme area receiving coverage, including Kirkburton, Honley, Flockton and Meltham amongst the next to get fibre.

Roger Marsh, chair of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP),said: "Superfast broadband is no longer a nice to have - it's a must have for businesses looking to perform their day to day activity and accelerate growth into new and existing markets.

“That is why the rollout of the digital infrastructure is so crucial if we are to support our businesses grow further and faster.

"I am delighted this second phase of the project will mean that by 2018, we will have enabled 100,000 premises across West Yorkshire and York to have access to superfast broadband speeds, including some business parks and industrial centres that urgently need faster broadband speeds.”  

Councillor David Green, chair of West Yorkshire Combined Authority‘s Investment Committee, added: “Thousands of premises in the programme area have already taken advantage of fibre broadband during the first phase of our programme, including many small- and medium-sized businesses.

“I’m delighted that the additional funding we’ve secured will enable our partners to offer superfast broadband speeds to even more people and businesses, acting as a catalyst to bring in further infrastructure investment.”

Bradford Metropolitan District Council, Calderdale Council, Kirklees Council, Leeds City Council, Wakefield Council, and York City Council, are working with BT to extend high-speed fibre broadband to 98 per cent of households and businesses across the majority of West Yorkshire and York by the end of 2018.

Tom Keeney, BT’s regional director for Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “Superfast broadband will help improve access to jobs, allow local companies to compete in the global marketplace, create new opportunities for local people in the way they work, learn and enjoy their leisure time, and help young people make use of educational resources online.

In total, £34.74 million has been invested in the Superfast West Yorkshire programme.