Work starts to bring full fibre to Mid Sussex

Mid Sussex District Council (MSDC) has embarked on the build stage of its own ultrafast fibre network in Burgess Hill.

The gigabit-capable digital fibre network will enable businesses, residents and communities across Mid Sussex to enjoy full-fibre gigabit connectivity services with access to a wide range of service providers.

Councillor Jonathan Ash-Edwards, Leader of MSDC, said:

“The start of these works is fantastic news, not only for Mid Sussex District Council, but for our communities right across the district. The full-fibre network has always been a long-term objective for this Council and I am delighted to see that it is starting to be delivered on the ground.”

The full-fibre network is being delivered in conjunction with partners across local government and will run from Brighton through to Crawley on completion.

Delivered as part of the wider Burgess Hill Growth Programme, this exciting project will bring huge benefits to Mid Sussex.

Councillor Ash-Edwards continued: “This technology will help to support a growing economy across Mid Sussex, it will provide reliable high-speed connections for both residents and businesses, will help to transform public services and help secure the future prosperity of our district.”

The network is being funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Digital Infrastructure Minister, Matt Warman, said:

“I’m delighted shovels are now in the ground in Burgess Hill following the Government’s £2.2 million investment to deliver gigabit-speed broadband to more than 6,400 homes in Mid Sussex.

“These ultrafast connections will be a huge boost to the local economy and community, and we’ll soon be spending a further £5 billion to bring these benefits to every corner of the UK.”

MSDC is working closely with delivery partner, Balfour Beatty, to ensure these works are concluded with the least disruption possible. Advance notifications are being provided to all those residents and businesses directly affected by the works.