Fastershire engineers overcome challenges to bring faster fibre broadband to Symonds Yat
19th December, 2014
Fastershire engineers had to overcome a series of unexpected challenges to bring faster fibre broadband to Symonds Yat after they found major blockages while they were trying to lay fibre optic cable under the A40. Our team of engineers worked with Herefordshire Council’s Highways Department and the Highways Agency to complete the necessary work, without having to close or dig up the A40.
Matt Lloyd, BT Programme Manager for Fastershire, said: “Deploying fibre in Herefordshire is a huge and often complex engineering operation. The unusual challenges we faced when trying to complete the upgrade of Symonds Yat is a good example of everyone’s commitment and determination to get the job done, while keeping disruption to local residents and motorists to an absolute minimum.
“Here we used new specialist techniques to reduce the amount of digging engineers had to do underneath the A40 before laying the fibre optic cable there.”
Ross-on-Wye and the surrounding rural areas were the first in Herefordshire to get upgraded through the Fastershire project. Other Herefordshire communities where faster fibre broadband is now live as a result of Fastershire include: Bartestree Cross, Burghill, Carey, Gorsley, Lea, Much Marcle and Upton Bishop, as well as parts of Hereford not already covered by any commercial upgrade.
Councillor Graham Powell, cabinet member at Herefordshire Council with responsibility for broadband said “Work in the county will continue as we strive to deliver fibre broadband across rural Herefordshire to all who need it. We remain committed to the delivery of a future proofed network for broadband that will meet the needs of generations to come. We are seeing more and more areas in Herefordshire being connected to the new network, and now have over 44,000 premises across the county with access to fibre broadband.”