The fourth phase of the Connecting Cheshire project, which looks to provide faster broadband services in areas considered unviable by commercial suppliers, has been announced, with £7.25m committed to extending the rollout programme.
Practical completion has been achieved at Techspace One, a three-storey building made up of 46,000 sq ft of laboratories, grade A office accommodation, meeting hubs and breakout areas at the Sci-Tech Daresbury enterprise zone.
Two new gantries are being erected along the Bridgewater Expressway in Runcorn over the next month so testing of tolling technology can be carried out, ahead of the Mersey Gateway opening in autumn 2017.
A £4m ERDF project to fit fibre broadband within and between Cheshire and Warrington’s science parks is “significantly at risk” of not going ahead due to new application deadlines imposed post-Brexit for EU funding.
BT said it will spend an extra £3.4m rolling out high-speed broadband telecoms connections across Cheshire after experiencing higher than average take-up of services delivered to date in the Connecting Cheshire initiative.