Around 22,000 Kirklees homes and businesses are set to benefit from faster broadband speeds. This is as a result of Kirklees Council joining Phase Two of the Superfast West Yorkshire programme.
Superfast West Yorkshire is multi-million pound partnership between West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) and BT. It will make fibre broadband available to tens of thousands more households and businesses across West Yorkshire and York.
Phase One of the scheme, which has made fibre broadband available to 65,000 homes and businesses since January 2014, was completed last month. By the end of 2018, 98% of West Yorkshire and York’s homes and businesses will have access. This includes 22,000 in the Kirklees area.
Superfast West Yorkshire project has already seen Openreach engineers lay 321km of cable and install 393 new fibre broadband street cabinets. Engineering work on Phase two is scheduled to start early next year.
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.”
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.
“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.”
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.”
European Regional Development Fund
The project received £7.3m of funding from
the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European
Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Department for
Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater
London Authority) is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development
Fund. ERDF and ESF Branding and Publicity Requirements ESIF-GN-1-005, Version 6
Date published 1 November 2016.
Established by the European Union, the European
Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic
development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses,
create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding.
For further info:
Superfast Broadband West Yorkshire website