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North Wales and Essex have slowest broadband in UK

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Much of the discussion about internet speeds in recent months has been about improvements such as fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) or even fibre-to-the-home (FTTH), where users can expect speeds of over 100Mbps. However, there are still some places in the UK where speeds have not yet reached 1Mbps.

Even as average speeds have crept up to 17.8Mbps, a recent survey by uSwitch found that nine streets in the country cannot get speeds of 1Mbps. Some of these places are very rural, where slow speeds may be expected, but Essex streets make up six of the 50 slowest streets in the UK.

The depressing truth is that 40% of Brits experience average speeds of below 5Mbps, with only 15% being offered superfast speeds of 30Mbps or above.

50 slowest streets in UK

Rank Street Name & Location Average Download Speed (Mbps)
1= Erw Fawr, Henryd, Conwy, Wales 0.60
1= Wheatley Road, Corringham, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex 0.60
3 Station Road, Swineshead, Boston, Lincolnshire 0.65
4 Kelvin Grove, North Shields, Tyne and Wear 0.74
5 Maple Crescent, Alveley, Bridgnorth, Shropshire 0.91
6 Evesham Road (nr Church Lane), Norton, Evesham, Worcestershire 0.92
7 Meadow View (nr Rectory Road), Castle Carrock, Brampton, Cumbria 0.94
8 Canal Street, Oakthorpe, Swadlincote, Leicestershire 0.96
9 Pickleys Lane, Doveridge, Ashbourne, Derbyshire 0.99
10 Dereham Road (nr Chancel Lane), Garvestone, Norwich, Norfolk 1.03
11 Ferrymans, Sandbank 1.07
12 Maesceinion, Waun Fawr, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion 1.08
13 Llantarnam Road (nr Burtons Place), Cwmbran, Torfaen 1.10
14 Allens Lane (nr Brewers Terrace), Walsall, West Midlands 1.11
15 Prince Street, Allerton Bywater, West Yorkshire 1.13
16 Princes Avenue, Maylandsea, Chelmsford, Essex 1.15
17 Grange Gardens, Hampstead, London 1.19
18 Letchmere Close, Pattingham, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire 1.20
19 Mytton Oak Road, (nr Crownmeole Drive), Shrewsbury, Shropshire 1.21
20 South Hanningfield Road (nr The Oaks), Rettendon Common, Chelmsford, Essex 1.25
21 Summerfield Road, Clent, Stourbridge, Worcestershire 1.32
22 Alexander Avenue (nr Huntington Road), York 1.33
23= Bucklerburn Wynd, Peterculter, Aberdeen City 1.41
23= Botley Road, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire 1.41
25 Penzance Street, Moor Row, Cumbria 1.45
26 Trampers Lane (nr B2177), North Boarhunt, Hampshire 1.47
27 Wauluds Bank Drive (nr Fitzwarin Close), Luton 1.48
28 Durham Close (nr Westminster Way), Dukinfield 1.51
29 Halstead Gardens (nr Eastchurch Road), Margate, Kent 1.52
30= Canterbury Road (nr The Orchids), Etchinghill, Folkestone, Kent 1.52
30= Hugh Squier Avenue, South Molton, Devon 1.55
32 Melloncroft Drive, West Kirby, Wirral, Merseyside 1.58
33 Northside (nr St Nicholas Rd), Chichester, West Sussex 1.59
34 Lynwood Drive, Oakley, Wimborne, Poole 1.61
35 Church Hill, Greenlaw, Duns, Scottish Borders 1.68
36 Richmond Avenue, Kettering, Northamptonshire 1.69
37 Lytham Drive, Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear 1.70
38= Benskyn Close, Countesthorpe, Leicester, Leicestershire 1.71
38= Dedham Avenue, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex 1.71
40 Jerome Way, Shipton-on-Cherwell, Kidlington, Oxfordshire 1.73
41 Holland Park, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex 1.76
42 Michel Dene Road (nr The Link), East Dean, Eastbourne, East Sussex 1.90
43 Thornham Lane (nr Rochdale Road), Middleton, Manchester 1.91
44 Stafford Crescent, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire 1.95
45 Lock Lane, Long Eaton, Nottingham, Derbyshire 1.97
46 Mab Lane, Liverpool, Merseyside 1.98
47 Ickleton Road, Elmdon, Saffron Walden, Essex 1.99
48= St Giles Way (nr Church St), Copwell Bishop, Nottinghamshire 1.99
48= Davaar Avenue, Campbeltown, Argyll and Bute 2.03
50 Wordsworth Road, Dudley, West Midlands 2.04

Photograph by Bill Burris

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