News from Ian Lucas
11 November 2016
WORK has begun on a ground-breaking ultrafast broadband link for Wrexham.
The link will be provided by Virgin Media, the first in North Wales, and work began in Wrexham this week to bring the network to the area.
Wrexham MP Ian Lucas met staff on site at Wrexham Industrial Estate, one of the first locations where Virgin Media is installing its network in Wrexham. During the meeting, he heard more about the work and Virgin Media’s plans to connect homes and businesses across his constituency to ultrafast broadband.
He said: “It was in December of last year when I first challenged Tom Mockridge, the Chief Executive of Virgin Media, to bring ultrafast broadband to Wrexham during a House of Commons Select Committee hearing. Virgin Media spoke to me, I put them in touch with Wrexham Council and told both sides I would offer them whatever help they needed to bring the project to Wrexham.
“Just months later, I am delighted that Virgin Media has begun the practical work which will make these plans a reality. Virgin Media is beginning some initial work on the Wrexham Industrial Estate, where it has started the detailed planning required to connect the estate to its network. When I speak with industrial estate businesses, one of their main concerns is improving the communications infrastructure in the area - and I am sure many will welcome news this project is beginning.
“I will be keeping in close touch with Virgin Media as its project progresses and links both Wrexham businesses and homes to its network. I was delighted to see Virgin Media start its work here this week.”
Michelle Beech, Regional Director for Wales at Virgin Media, said: “Residents in Wrexham will soon be getting the ultrafast broadband and top-notch TV they deserve. Investing and delivering better connectivity to communities such as Wrexham shows that ultrafast broadband isn’t just for the big cities – we urge more communities to come together and register their interest. You could be next.”