AROUND 1,500 more homes and businesses in Northumberland are to receive a broadband boost.

It comes as £500,000 investment has been announced by Openreach.

People living and working in Riding Mill and Stannington are due to be upgraded after the company’s latest build announcement, with a new, ultrafast, ultra-reliable ‘full fibre’ broadband network.

The plans are a further boost for Northumberland as they follow news earlier this year that around 65,000 homes and businesses in the county would be getting access to Openreach’s new network.

The announcement outlined plans for Bellingham, Corbridge, Haltwhistle, Haydon Bridge, Otterburn, Stocksfield and Wylam.

Openreach is also building full fibre to much smaller communities across Northumberland as part of their Community Fibre Partnership (CFP) programme - a scheme designed to help people living and working in rural communities that are not included in any current full fibre roll-out plans including Great Whittington and Stamfordham.

Robert Thorburn, Openreach’s regional director for the North, said: “Good connectivity is vital – whether it’s to work from home, access education and care services, or for gaming and streaming entertainment – and that’s why we’re investing billions across the UK to upgrade our network to 25 million premises.

“Nobody’s building faster, further or to a higher standard than Openreach, and we’ve already reached six million homes and businesses with ultrafast full fibre technology, including more than 120,000 in the North-East. It’s proving popular as well, with tens of thousands already choosing to start using it.

“Our engineers and build partners are reaching more communities every week and we’re not just building in cities and urban areas. Many rural and hard to reach communities in Northumberland are already benefitting and we plan to reach tens of thousands more in the coming months and years.”

Work will continue between now and 2026, with the full list of locations and timescales being updated regularly on the Openreach website.