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Kirklees joins Superfast West Yorkshire fibre broadband rollout

Thursday, September 10th 2015 by Ellen Branagh

Around 22,000 homes and businesses in Kirklees will be able to benefit from faster broadband speeds after the local council joined a superfast rollout programme.

Kirklees Council has joined the second phase of the Superfast West Yorkshire programme to help boost broadband speeds across the district.

The project completed its first phase last month, making fibre broadband available to 65,000 homes and businesses since the rollout began in January 2014.

The second phase of the multi-million pound partnership between West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) and BT and will make fibre broadband available to tens of thousands more households and businesses across West Yorkshire and York.

Building on the successful work of Superfast West Yorkshire’s first phase and BT’s own commercial rollout, it will reach more than 98% of homes and businesses by the end of 2018.

And around 22,000 further households and businesses in the Kirklees area will be able to benefit from the faster speeds by the end of September 2018 with engineering work set to begin early next year.

Cllr Graham Turner, from Kirklees Council, said: “We know how much both residents and businesses rely on broadband and faster speeds nowadays, therefore we were very keen to be involved in the second phase of the Superfast West Yorkshire Project.

'A real boost'

“It is great to see that so many businesses and residents in Kirklees will be able to benefit from this technology and see a real boost locally to our economy.”

Cllr David Green, chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Investment Committee and Bradford Council leader, said: “Faster, more reliable broadband speeds and the infrastructure to cope with future technologies is very important for the region.

“The extension into the second phase of the project should bring fibre broadband to 98% of homes and businesses in the programme area by the end of 2018, and help realise a number of local benefits for economies across the West Yorkshire and York region.”

Tom Keeney, BT’s regional director for Yorkshire and the Humber, added: “The team behind the Superfast West Yorkshire programme is doing an amazing job bringing faster broadband speeds in reach of thousands of homes and businesses.

“Already in Kirklees, around 110,000 homes and businesses can access fibre broadband on our network and now a further 22,000 will be joining them thanks to this programme.”

The Superfast West Yorkshire project has seen Openreach engineers lay 321km of cable and install 393 new fibre broadband street cabinets.

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