HOMES in Ellesmere Port can now benefit from high-speed fibre broadband.

BT announced last week that the network is now available to more than 12,000 homes and businesses in the town as engineers complete the investment in the wake of Hooton and Neston.

More than two million homes and businesses across the North West already have or are earmarked for fibre broadband as a result of BT’s £2.5bn fibre roll-out programme.

Mike Blackburn, BT’s regional director for the North West, said: “BT’s fibre network is expanding rapidly across the region bringing a boost for local economies wherever it goes.

“Whatever you’re doing online, you can do it better and faster with fibre.

“The arrival of fibre in Ellesmere Port can really help local firms in these economically challenging times, opening up new ways of working and speeding up vital operations, such as file and data transfers, conferencing and computer back-up, all of which may also help cut cost.”

BT’s fibre footprint is expanding all the time and is now due to pass two-thirds of UK premises – about 19 million premises – during the spring.