Superfast broadband rollout will connect more than 800 homes to the internet

PUBLISHED: 15:55 28 March 2019

Fibre broadband cables will be installed in Worle.

Fibre broadband cables will be installed in Worle.

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More than 800 homes and businesses across the Times patch will benefit from the roll-out of superfast broadband.

Broadband provider Gigaclear, working on behalf of the Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) programme, has installed more than 13,000 metres of fibre in the Abbots Leigh area.

The service is live in 184 homes in the parish, while in Failand a further 14,000 metres of fibre will enable 181 homes to get connected.

Work in these areas, which includes CDS supported connections and Gigaclear’s commercial roll-out, is set to provide access to a further 450 homes and businesses, and is expected to be completed by the summer.

Gigaclear also has plans to build a main connection route through Wraxall, which will involve laying another 12,000 metres of fibre.

This scheme involves working in Bristol Road and a road closure was in place from March 20 until Saturday on a short, narrow section by The Battleaxes pub to ensure the safety of the public and site staff.

In order to minimise disruption, the closure will only be in place at weekends, with temporary traffic lights in place during the working week, to ensure the road is safe for road users.

A council spokesman said: “Bringing high speed broadband to all of North Somerset is essential for business growth across the region.

“Digital connectivity is such a vital element of our economy and everyday life and this latest investment will ensure our rural businesses and communities can access some of the fastest broadband speeds available.”

Joe Frost, business development director at Gigaclear, added: “The successful installation of the world’s fastest broadband perfectly illustrates the significant scale of this civil engineering project and some of the challenges it faces.

“Bringing ultrafast fibre broadband to the doors of Abbots Leigh and Failand residents and businesses will bring substantial benefits, and we are delighted our work with CDS is making this possible.”

Gigaclear has already connected homes in Kingston Seymour and Flax Bourton to the internet and has set a target of connecting 500,000 homes across the country by 2024.

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