An extra 1,500 homes and businesses now have access to faster broadband under a scheme backed by Kirklees Council.

Five new fibre broadband street cabinets connected to the Flockton exchange mean that more than 1,500 further homes and businesses in parts of Huddersfield, Wakefield and Dewsbury can now access broadband speeds of up to 80Mbps via their chosen broadband service provider.

The upgrade is part of the multi-million pound second phase of the Superfast West Yorkshire & York roll-out by Openreach​, which has so far brought fibre broadband speeds within reach of 30,000 homes and businesses across West Yorkshire.

Clr Peter McBride, of Kirklees Council, said: “In phase two of the Superfast West Yorkshire and York programme, over 150 structures have been built in Kirklees so far, bringing superfast broadband speeds to over 19,500 homes and businesses.”

The second phase of the roll-out will extend fibre coverage to 98% of the programme area, bringing fibre broadband speeds within reach of a further 33,000 homes and businesses by the end of 2018.

In total, £34.74m has been invested in the programme through funding from the government, the European Union, BT and the five West Yorkshire local authorities of Kirklees, Calderdale, Wakefield, Leeds and Bradford.