Superfast broadband project underway

County Councillor Jennifer Mein.
County Councillor Jennifer Mein.

Ten thousand homes and businesses are set to get faster broadband as the second phase of a project gets underway.

Superfast Lancashire is a multi-million pound partnership between Lancashire County Council and BT to make superfast broadband available across the county.

Engineers have begun planning and building the next phase of the high-speed fibre network in areas including Carnforth, Bolton-le-Sands, Burscough, Great Eccleston, Scarisbrick and Hurst Green.

This phase will also extend access to faster broadband in a number of communities where it’s already available, including Bamber Bridge, Higher Walton, Lostock Hall, Penwortham and Longridge.

County Coun Jennifer Mein, leader of Lancashire Council, said: “Superfast Lancashire is vital for the county and will ensure people and businesses benefit from the next generation of broadband.

“The latest phase will benefit 10,000 homes and businesses by the end of the year.

“By the end of 2015, 97 per cent of the county will have access to superfast broadband, putting Lancashire in the vanguard of the digital revolution.” Engineers from Openreach – BT’s network business – will start work laying around 120 kilometres of optical fibre cable and installing nearly 100 new fibre broadband cabinets throughout the project area.