LESLEY GRIFFITHS Wrexham AM £80m for superfast broadband network in Wales

News from the office of Lesley Griffiths, Assembly Member for Wrexham

Tuesday 8th November 2016

For Immediate Publication

Major work totalling millions of pounds is taking place aimed at bringing superfast broadband to Wrexham and Wales.

Up to £80m is to be invested in the next superfast broadband scheme to help ensure every property in Wales is able to access fast reliable broadband by 2020.

As the Welsh Government announces the additional investment, Lesley Griffiths AM has also welcomed Virgin Media’s commitment to improve their ultrafast broadband network in Wrexham.

The Welsh Government scheme will be a successor to the Superfast Cymru project which has brought high-speed broadband to nearly 614,000 premises across Wales.  Superfast broadband will be delivered to a further 100,000 properties before the scheme closes in 2017. 

Since 2012, the Welsh Government has invested over £162m of EU and public funding in broadband infrastructure across Wales.  Over the next year, a further £62m will be invested in the programme.

In addition to the Superfast Cymru programme, Virgin Media recently announced it will be starting work on bringing its ultrafast broadband network to Wrexham in a letter received by Lesley Griffiths AM and Ken Skates AM last week.  

Initial work will focus on the Wrexham Industrial Estate and in the Borras area and Ms Griffiths has arranged to meet with Virgin Media representatives within the next few weeks to discuss their plans for the local area.  She said:

“A combination of Welsh Government projects and commercial rollouts from the private sector is resulting in millions of pounds being invested in the nation’s broadband network.” 

“Whilst the ultimate desire to bring fast reliable broadband to every property in Wales is clearly a challenging task, the ambitious project is delivering.  The achievement will create a lasting legacy that will improve people’s lives and enable Welsh businesses to prosper.” 

“A substantial amount of work has already taken place in Wrexham and I welcome Virgin Media’s latest announcement.  There is however still work to be done and constituents and businesses regularly contact me concerned with their broadband speeds.  If anyone has any issues, I will be more than happy to make representations on their behalf to the relevant bodies.”