Second worst road in UK for broadband

Cllr James Palmer in Great Fen Road, Soham, which has been dubbed the second worst for broadband speed
Cllr James Palmer in Great Fen Road, Soham, which has been dubbed the second worst for broadband speed

A fenland road running between Soham and Prickwillow is said to have the second worst broadband speed in the country.

Great Fen Road has been listed in a survey by uSwitch which names the streets receiving the fastest and slowest broadband services,

Parts of the five mile stretch of road are listed as having download speeds of just 0.547 Mbps - megabytes per second - beaten only by a road in Lydd on Sea on the Romney Marshes of Kent for poor service.

But Sandy Lane in Hatherton, Cannock, Staffordshire boasts a massive 72.86 Mbps in comparison.

The issue is down to the fact that Great Fen Road straddles the two BT exchanges, one in Soham and the other in Prickwillow.

Resident John Parsons has to use a dongle stick to use the Internet. He works in Harlow and says the comparison between speeds go from 1 min 90 seconds in Harlow to two hours at his home for the same download.

“The implications are wide ranging and if you were considering selling your house this is a huge minus point these days. It is very much like being a second class citizen. It’s a beautiful place to live and I can see Ely Cathedral from here but we just don’t get any broadband.”

Leader of East Cambridgeshire District Council James Palmer, who lives in Soham, said he has massive sympathy with people with little or no Internet service.

“It is very frustrating but is down to the positioning of the green cabinets. Cambridgeshire is the most connected county but we always knew this would only hit 98 per cent of the area.”