ALMOST 10,000 residents across Barnsley will be able to enjoy faster broadband after plans to improve connectivity in the area started last week.

Around 9,700 people in Thurnscoe, Bolton-upon-Dearne and Goldthorpe could use the future proof broadband.

UK telecommunication infrastructure provider Digital Infrastructure has commenced the major infrastructure project – the latest phase of a targeted £100m private investment for better UK connectivity.

Aiming to leave a positive legacy in society, construction utilises existing ducts, meaning there’s no need to dig up the area’s roads – something which is central to the firm’s strategy of adopting quicker and less disruptive build methods, in order to lower roll-out costs, increase efficiency, and minimise the environmental impact of the network deployment.

Once complete, the network will be operated by next-generation internet provider BeFibre, and it is expected that Thurnscoe and the surrounding areas will be broadband ready by Autumn 2023.

Lionel Spencer, delivery and operations director at Digital Infrastructure, said: We’re delighted to have begun the build phase of our network rollout in Thurnscoe and the surrounding areas in South Yorkshire.

“Digital Infrastructure continues to work at pace as we aim to provide our build areas with a future-proofed network, that will give the residents an option in these locations to avail themselves of Gigabit capable infrastructure which provides them with consistent speeds.”