Doncaster’s £22m superfast broadband scheme launch

L-R Scott Cardwell, assistant director of development, councillor Bill Mordue, cabinet member for regeneration, Trevor Higgins, BT's partnership director and Rose Winterton MP.
L-R Scott Cardwell, assistant director of development, councillor Bill Mordue, cabinet member for regeneration, Trevor Higgins, BT's partnership director and Rose Winterton MP.

Work has begun on the first phase of a multi-million pound scheme to deliver high-speed broadband to thousands of businesses and homes in Doncaster.

The town’s economic hub of Wheatley Hall Road is the first location in the borough to benefit from the Superfast South Yorkshire programme.

Civic leaders gathered in the area to switch on the first high-speed fibre broadband cab on Friday, July 31 - five months ahead of schedule.

A further five cabinets will be switched on in other parts of Doncaster including more premises in Wheatley Hall Road, Balby Carr Bank and Lakeside. The first phase of work is due to be completed in December and will initially deliver faster internet connections to around 300 homes and businesses.

It is part of a £22 million pound deal between the Government, South Yorkshire councils and BT. More than 22,000 homes and businesses in Doncaster are set to benefit by the end of the 2017.

The first phase switch-on event was attended by councillor Bill Mordue, Doncaster Council’s cabinet member for business, skills, tourism and culture, Rosie Winterton MP and Scott Cardwell, the council’s assistant director for regeneration.

Coun Mordue said: “It is excellent news that our broadband network is being upgraded further in Doncaster enabling even more local businesses and residents to tap into high-speed, internet technology. This provides local businesses and residents with access to superfast broadband and will open up new opportunities and provide a mechanism for digital modernisation.”

Bill Murphy, BT’s managing director of next generation access, added: “Fibre broadband enables everyone to do things differently and better.”