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Monday, 22 December 2014

Revealed: Schedule for roll-out of superfast broadband in Cumbria

The roll-out of superfast broadband across Cumbria is finally ready to begin and a schedule for the mammoth £70m project released today gives communities their first idea of when they will start benefitting from speeds of at least 24Mbps.

The Connecting Cumbria project has been hit with repeated bureaucratic delays, but now the work will begin in earnest with the first fibre broadband work this year.

This first batch of work will see BT engineers working to increase the number of homes and businesses getting superfast speeds in six areas: Ulverston; Carlisle; Penrith; Maryport; Dalton-in-Furness and Workington.

Close behind them is list of exchanges where detailed survey work is nearing completion ready for fibre delivery. These are: Allonby; Bardsea; Barrow-in-Furness; Brampton; Cockermouth; Harrington; Hayton; Lazonby; Millom; Rockcliffe; Southwaite; Walney and Wetheral.

A third group of communities have are further behind in the schedule and have only had some computer modelling of broadband delivery with engineers yet to visit to carry out survey work. They are: Abbeytown; Alston; Ambleside; Annan; Appleby; Arnside; Aspatria; Beckermet; Brough; Burgh-by-Sands; Burton; Calthwaite; Cleator Moor; Coniston; Crosthwaite; Dalston; Egremont; Flookburgh; Gosforth; Grange-over-Sands; Grasmere; Gretna; Hackthorpe; Hallbankgate; Kendal; Keswick; Kirkbride; Kirkby Lonsdale; Kirkby Stephen; Kirkby Thore; Lamplugh; Longtown; Low Ireby; Milnthorpe; Morland; Newbiggin-on-Lune; Newby Bridge; Ravensworth; Seascale; Sedburgh; Sedgwick; Silloth; Whitehaven; Wigton and Windermere

A list of smaller communities and those areas are likely to represent challenging problems for fibre delivery will be tackled later in the two and a half hear superfast broadband programme. They are: Armathwaite; Bampton; Barbon; Bassenthwaite; Bootle; Borrowdale; Braithwaite; Broughton-in-Furness; Buttermere; Caldbeck; Canonbie; Croglin; Crooklands; Crosby-on-Eden; Culgaith; Dent; Eskdale; Gilsland; Glenridding; Grayrigg; Greenodd; Greystoke Hawkshead; Holmrook; Kirkby-in-Furness; Kirklinton; Langdale; Langwathby; Liddesdale; Lorton; Lowick Bridge; Nicholforest; Orton; Pooley Bridge; Raughton Head; Ravenglass; Roadhead; Satterthwaite; Selside; Shap; Skelton; Staveley; Threlkeld; Wasdale; Witherslack

Today’s announcement is the first confirmation of how the Connecting Cumbria project will develop as it aims to bring superfast broadband to 93 per cent of all properties in Cumbria by 2015. The plan shows how superfast broadband is being rolled out to areas where the project can quickly increase the number of people getting superfast speeds.

BT and Cumbria County Council will provide updates to the plan every three months and in time an interactive map on the project website www.connectingcumbria.org.uk will show people when exchanges will be enabled and superfast services will become available.

Cllr David Southward, Cumbria County Council's Cabinet member responsible for economic development and lead member for Connecting Cumbria, said: "The confirmation of engineering work on this first batch of exchanges this year is an important milestone for Connecting Cumbria. It is a great feeling to know that we have all the red tape behind us and will see some people feeling the benefit of superfast broadband in 2013."

Bill Murphy, managing director BT’s Next Generation Access, said: “We have been working hard to get us where we are today. This is an exciting time for Cumbria and the beginning of a journey that will see the communications landscape completely transformed.”

Have your say

Well,I'm from holbeck in Barrow and our cabinet hasn't been upgraded.I was told it wasn't commercially viable by openreach(even though it serves hundreds of properties!) so I'm hoping they do re-visit.

Posted by Simon on 19 June 2013 at 13:36

Well I'm a delighted Ulverstonian. I think the earlier comments are correct that there is fibre now available in certain areas of Barrow and I'm assuming the published schedule is for a further roll out as far as Barrow is concerned. It's great news for the whole area and lets just hope that Tim Farron doesn't derail things with his complaining about the plan failing South Cumbria. Last time I checked I was paying my council tax to SLDC and Ulverston is in South Cumbria.

Posted by Ronny on 14 June 2013 at 16:01

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