Thornbury, Olveston and Almondsbury among first to benefit from superfast broadband under £36.5 million BDUK scheme
THORNBURY and six other villages will be among the very first to benefit from new superfast broadband next year as part of a multi-million pound roll out across the region.
Back in 2012, South Gloucestershire Council partnered with Wiltshire Council and BT under the coalition's BDUK scheme, to bring high-speed internet to rural areas previoulsy deemed not commercial attractive to broadband suppliers.
The £35.6 million project is now ready to launch in the region and a new fibre-optic network installed in Lower Almondsbury, Olveston, Rudgeway, Thornbury town centre, Tockington, Tormarton and Warmley.
Residents and businesses in those areas will able to sign up to high-speed internet by summer 2014.
By the end of March 2015, 94 per cent of premises in South Gloucestershire will have access to superfast speeds of 24Mbps and above.
Thornbury Town Cllr Maggie Tyrrell told the Gazette securing high-speed broadband had been at teh cnetre of its Town Centre Partnership plans to attract new businesses.
"We are thrilled to bits that we finally succeeded in getting this superfast broadband. This was one of the priorities of the Town Centre Partnership.
"This is something the town council bas been working on in the background and lobbying for for years."
Councillor John Goddard, South Gloucestershire Council’s resources sub-committee chairman, said: "We recognise that high speed internet connections are vital for South Gloucestershire’s economic future, and for promoting business growth and encouraging inward investment.
"In Thornbury, we are bringing the upgraded service to residents and businesses in the High Street and town centre, which will encourage economic growth and support our local businesses."
The project is on track to enable more than 5,000 homes and businesses in South Gloucestershire to connect to fibre broadband by June 2014.
Bradley Stoke will be the first town to benefit from the new superfast broadband.
Bill Murphy, managing director of next generation networks for BT Group, said: "This is another important milestone for a partnership which is making rapid progress."
The scheme aims to lay nearly 100 kilometres of fibre cabling and install more than 50 new street cabinets, which emit the broadband signal.
More information on the project can be found at www.southglos.gov.uk/broadband
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