Full fibre broadband is heading to a further seven towns and villages in the Tees Valley as part of a huge broadband upgrade.

More than 60,000 people living and working in Eston Grange, Guisborough, Hutton Rudby, Linthorpe, Marton, Stainton and Stillington are next in line for full fibre, provider Openreach announced today.

Across the UK, the company has published updated plans to build full fibre broadband to a record 517 more locations.

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Matthew Lovegrove, Openreach partnership manager for Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “This is a huge infrastructure success story across the Tees Valley. No company is building faster or further in Europe, that we’re aware of.

“We won’t be stopping either. We plan to build even further - to more towns, villages and our most rural communities.

“And our engineers are doing this at a rapid pace - despite this being a hugely complex engineering project.

“Our fibre checker has the latest information about our work in your area. It’s also worth noting that upgrades aren’t automatic. Once full fibre is available where you live, you’ll need to place an order to get connected and we’ll do the rest.”

The work is part of Openreach’s £15bn project to upgrade the UK’s broadband infrastructure. 

Clive Selley, chief executive, said: “We’re on track and on-budget to make this life-changing broadband technology available to 25 million homes and businesses.

“We plan to build right across the UK, from cities and towns to far-flung farms and island communities.

“Ultimately, we’ll reach as many as 30 million premises by the end of the decade if there’s a supportive political and regulatory environment.”