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Openreach roadworks to get under way in Coatbridge

Press release   •   Oct 22, 2018 11:00 BST

Engineers will lay high bandwidth cables through the night to minimise traffic disruption

Contractors working on behalf of Openreach, Scotland’s digital network business, expect to start traffic-sensitive roadworks on the Shawhead to Carnbroe stretch of the A8 on Monday, 29 October 2018.

The works are required to lay around two kilometres of dedicated, high bandwidth broadband cables to support businesses in the area. An eastbound lane closure is needed and the roadworks will be carried out overnight to minimise disruption to traffic. The A8 eastbound Shawhead Junction on-slip will be closed at the same time. The work is expected to last until Monday, 5 November, between the hours of 8pm and 6am.

Stephen Scanlon, Openreach’s streetworks consultant in the West of Scotland, said: “We need to carry out some major cable works on a junction that’s one of the busiest in the area. By working through the night, we’re aiming to minimise the impact these necessary works have on road users at the Shawhead junction.”

The traffic management plans have been approved by Amey Highways on behalf of the Scottish Roads Partnership.

Scottish Roads Partnership’s operations manager Graham Drummond said: “We’ve been working closely with Openreach to ensure that the works being undertaken will be carried out with minimum impact on local residents, road users and businesses.

“As always, we’d encourage road users travelling on this section of the road to plan ahead and to leave some extra time for their journey, if possible.”

About Openreach

Openreach is Britain’s digital network business.

We’re 30,400 people who connect homes, mobile phone masts, schools, shops, banks, hospitals, libraries, broadcasters, governments and businesses - large and small - to the world.

Our mission is to build the best possible network, with the highest quality service, making sure that everyone in Britain can be connected.

We work on behalf of more than 600 communications providers like SKY, TalkTalk, Vodafone, and BT, and our fibre broadband network is the biggest in the UK, passing more than 27 million premises. We’re also the platform for Britain’s thriving digital economy, which is the largest in the G20.

We’re working hard to give people the speeds they need to run and enjoy their daily lives. Over the last decade, we’ve invested more than £11 billion into our network and we now manage more than 160 million kilometres of cable stretching from Scotland to Cornwall, from Wales to the east coast. And we’re continuing to take that network further - making superfast broadband speeds available to thousands more homes and businesses every week.

Openreach is a wholly owned and independently governed division of the BT Group, and it is a highly regulated business, with more than 90 per cent of our revenues generated from services that are regulated by Ofcom and any company can access our products under the same prices, terms and conditions.

For the year ended 31 March 2018, we reported revenues of £5.1bn.

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