Virgin Media have started building a Superfast Fibre Network in Test and Dun Valleys

Following a successful campaign to persuade Virgin Media to invest in the area, the network build started in Chilbolton in January 2018.

Latest status of build

Phase I:

Over 1,000 homes have now been passed by Virgin Media as they progress with the building of the superfast broadband network in the Test and Dun Valleys. Chilbolton and Goodworth Clatford are set to go live any moment, VM is just waiting for a wayleave to be agreed between SSE and the John Lewis Estate so that the power feed for the hub in Chilbolton can be completed. It is hoped that the residents of the these two villages will be able to start signing up with Virgin in early August.

Virgin Media hope to release Stockbridge and Kings Somborne for sign up in September. The Wherwell network is currently being built and the final villages of Phase 1, Michelmersh and Timsbury, will see work start in August.

During August the main feed from Stockbridge to Houghton, Broughton and West Tytherley will be dug in via mole plough. This is thanks to the generosity and community minded spirit of a number of landlords in the area, to whom the WTBB team and indeed all of us who will benefit from this service are extremely grateful.

Visit the VM team at:

Kings Somborne Village Fete Saturday July 28th.

Phase II:

Virgin Media has now met with most landowners on the trunk route between Stockbridge and West Tytherley, who have been incredibly accommodating and generous, all agreeing to allow VM to cross their land with the trunk route. The TVNeed4Speed team is very grateful to them all and for their support in this community project.

We will keep this site and the Facebook page updated over the coming weeks and months.

If you have not already signed up, you will be able to enter your contact details by visiting the Virgin Media website and entering your postcode. If you are included in the current plans, you will see the following screen and message:

You can then enter your contact details to enable Virgin Media to keep you updated on when the service becomes available. Signing up does not commit you to taking the service. At the bottom of the page you will see a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and responses.

If your village or postcode is not included in the current build, you can fill in your details for Virgin Media to be in contact with you, should they decide to expand the network into your area. It is important to note that expansion of the network is dependent on two factors, a) the number of households in Phase 1 and 2 that choose to take up the service once they go live and b) the demand shown by any given additional area/village. To demonstrate this demand you need to register on the Virgin Media postcode checker.

West Tytherley Broadband Group (WTBBG) were invited by Virgin Media to view a network build in progress in Newbury, Berkshire. It was useful to get a “boots on the ground” view of what is involved in a build even if the environment is different to a rural area. Photos from the visit can be seen below.

The “street” cabinets, which come in a variety of colours. VM have identified possible locations, and the final positions will be agreed with the local parish councils prior to installation.

Trenches and ducting inside which the fibre is blown.

Trench and ducting leading to the access point at the boundary of a property.

Temporary covers for paths and driveways during works.

And finally…

  • We will keep our website updated with all the latest information. It is always worth checking the website on a regular basis.
  • You may hear information on this project from other sources, but if it doesn’t appear on this website (or issued directly by Virgin Media) then bear in mind it may not be authentic.
  • A new tab has been created on this website entitled “VM News”. All statements and information issued by VM on this project can now be found at this location.