Burnley ready for network upgrades

Thousands of Burnley businesses and residents are set to benefit from multimillion-pound upgrades to the city’s power grid and broadband connectivity.

Full fiber operator ITS Technology Group is now offering more than 3,500 Burnley businesses the opportunity to connect to Gigabit-ready business broadband by joining the Faster Britain scheme.

The Faster Britain network has already had a significant impact on other parts of the country, including Blackburn, Accrington and Chorley, as well as the wider North West. Faster Britain’s engineering team are already on the ground and ready to upgrade businesses in Burnley, delivering a huge connectivity boost to manufacturing, retail, creative and other sectors. sectors of the region.

The network already reaches key business areas in the city, including the Network 65, Empire, Phoenix Works and Heasandford business parks, as well as the Billington Road and Farrington industrial estates.

Andrew Dean, Burnley BID Project Manager, said: “ITS’ Faster Britain program is a fantastic opportunity for the city and its many thriving businesses. Our aspirations here at BID are to promote all areas of Burnley, and the addition of a faster network will make a huge difference to local businesses, from sole traders to large retail organisations!”

Phillip Lee, Head of Distribution at ITS, added: “We are thrilled to see this project come to life and enjoy all the benefits that will accrue to local businesses. Having lived in Burnley all my life, I have witnessed first hand the frustration felt by many as the rest of the country has been brought to gigabit speed capacity, while smaller areas are often left behind. The addition of the Faster Britain network will put Burnley firmly on the map.

Meanwhile, Electricity North West has also announced that it will begin work to upgrade 4.1 km of 33,000 volt underground power cables next week.

Engineers will replace cables on two separate routes at the same time to help minimize long-term disruption. The electricity grid operator is investing nearly £2m in new cables, paving the way for a net zero future.

Holly Stewart, who is overseeing work at Burnley for Electricity North West, said: “We are really excited to start what will be two major projects for Burnley soon. When the projects were in the planning stage, it made sense to do them at the same time since they share similar routes.

“Both projects are a necessity. Our reliance on electricity will only increase in the future as more and more customers use electric vehicles and electric heat pumps. That’s why it’s important that we provide a reliable electricity grid to meet growing demand, so that customers continue to get the electricity they need.

Bonny J. Streater