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£6m boost will take fibre broadband to 10,000 more homes in Cheshire

Tuesday, October 27th 2015 by Ellen Branagh

An extra 10,000 homes and businesses are to get access to fibre broadband thanks to the second phase of the Connecting Cheshire superfast rollout.

Cabling work to boost the project’s coverage has already started and fibre will soon be available to 10,000 extra premises across Cheshire, Halton and Warrington.

The extension programme will also see rural areas including Arley, Burleydam, Gawsworth, Huxley and Wincle get fibre for the first time.

The network will also be extended in some urban areas and outlying areas such as Malpas, Cholmondeley, Bunbury, and Mobberley, which already have some coverage as a result of the first phase of the Connecting Cheshire’s programme.

The project’s second phase will see more than £6m invested from Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester, Halton and Warrington councils, the government and BT.

Connecting Cheshire is also looking for extra funding to extend the network beyond its current plans and to increase speeds in the most rural and challenging areas.

So far, the Connecting Cheshire partnership and BT have given more than 84,000 premises access to high speed fibre broadband.

More than 450 fibre cabinets have already gone ‘live’ and new maps set out the timetable running up to the end of the programme in 2017.

'Connected society'

Councillor David Brown, deputy leader of Cheshire East Council, said: “This is fantastic news for residents as we will be able to reach more premises with fibre, particularly those rural areas where some of the lowest speeds remain.

“We are determined to ensure that faster broadband is available to as many premises as possible so that the social and economic benefits can be realised – not only for our businesses but for people of all ages.”

Mike Blackburn, BT regional director for the North West, said: “BT has provided a further £1.8m to boost the reach of the new rollout of this truly transformational technology.

“Engineers from BT’s local network business, Openreach, have already done a superb job, in such a short space of time, to ensure that so many more homes and businesses in Cheshire can benefit from a more connected society.”

Details of the areas included, and for a public information event being held in Alderley Park conference centre on 6 November are available on the Connecting Cheshire website.

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