CityFibre’s project to improve full fibre broadband coverage across South Leeds has started work in Morley.
Chloe Shakesby

£120m digital infrastructure project starts work in Morley

A £120m digital infrastructure project has reached a new milestone with the commencement of work in Morley.

CityFibre’s project aims to improve full fibre broadband coverage across South Leeds, including in Beeston, Hunslet, Belle Isle and Middleton.

Leeds is among the first locations in the UK to benefit from CityFibre’s Gigabit City investment programme, which is set to invest up to £4bn nationally to bring gigabit capable full fibre infrastructure to up to eight million homes across the UK.

Vodafone will use CityFibre’s network to bring Vodafone Gigafast Broadband services to the city, with services now live for the first connected residents across South and West Leeds.

O’Connor Utilities Ltd is delivering the construction programme on CityFibre’s behalf with a workforce that has been recruited locally.

Kim Johnston, CityFibre’s city manager for Leeds, commented: “During this crisis we have learned just how critical reliable internet connectivity is to our lives.

“In a short time we have adapted to home working, home learning and maintaining contact with our friends and family from remote locations using connected devices.

“And, as we look forward, it’s clear that digital infrastructure will play a key role in driving recovery.

“This is why we are driving forward with our roll-out plan. Since work began in Leeds in June last year, we have seen great progress in our mission to bring reliable, high capacity, gigabit-capable broadband within reach of nearly every home and business in Leeds.

“So, as we move into new areas of the city, we will continue to work closely with our local authority partners and do all that we possibly can to deliver a swift roll out, manage disruption and minimise the time we spend in each location.”

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