Broadband access provided to more homes in North Somerset

The roll-out of superfast broadband to rural communities in Devon and Somerset has now provided access to another 365 homes and businesses in North Somerset.

Broadband provider Gigaclear, working on behalf of the Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) programme, has been installing its technology on the outskirts of Bristol over recent months.

More than 13,000 metres of fibre has now been installed in the Abbot’s Leigh area, which has included running fibre under Brunel’s historic Clifton Suspension Bridge.

In the Abbot’s Leigh area, the service is live and ready for 184 properties, while in Failand, a further 14,000 metres of fibre mean that the service is live and available to 181 properties.

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 Summer.

Cllr Elfan Ap Rees

Councillor Elfan Ap Rees, Deputy Leader of North Somerset Council and executive member for economic development, 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 that our rural businesses and communities can access some of the fastest broadband speeds available.”

Joe Frost, Business Development Director at Gigaclear, said: “The successful installation of the world’s fastest broadband under the Clifton Suspension Bridge 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 Abbot’s Leigh residents and businesses will bring substantial benefits, and we are delighted that our work with Connecting Devon and Somerset is making this possible.”

Work has also begun on building the main connection route through the Wraxall area, which will involve laying another 12,000 metres of fibre.

This scheme will involve working on Bristol Road in Wraxall. Gigaclear and North Somerset Council have worked together to plan the most appropriate approach for this work, and it has been agreed that a road closure will be needed on a short, narrow section by The Battleaxes 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.