Virgin Media have committed to 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

Chilbolton – 3km of dig has been completed with 260 homes passed (i.e. network built to the edge of the property).

Stockbridge – Work has started and 40 homes have been passed already. The build is progressing well.

Goodworth Clatford – the build starts on the 12th March 2018.

Wherwell – the build is expected to start in mid April 2018 and will involve some road closures at the start.

Following on will be Kings Somborne and then Michelmersh and Timsbury which will all be built during 2018. Phase 2, which consists of Houghton, Broughton, West Tytherley, Winterslow and Firsdown will be built during 2019. It is important to note that the building of Phase 2 is not dependent on Phase 1 being complete.

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.

Virgin Media have started hosting meetings in the Phase 2 villages and are an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about the build and the service. Dates and times will be announced on this website as soon as they are confirmed.

West Tytherley Broadband Group (WTBBG) were recently 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.