In New Hutton we have started to install chambers along the trunk routes and spurs. Service ducts have been run out to all the houses in the village and the residents have started to lay them across their gardens. The same has happened in other communities including Hollins and Gatebeck in Preston Patrick and Low Bleaze and Bridge End in Old Hutton & Holmescales. B4RN engineers have blown fibre all the way along route 2 from the northern end of Lupton to the Old Hutton cabinet and then all route 3 from the cabinet to Strickley. We understand that they are going to start the whole of route 6 from Barkin House to the Auction Mart in the week beginning 11th September. Starting in the same week, the engineers are going to splice (join) the fibres along the routes. Unfortunately, they are waiting for a delivery of 288 fibre before they can start on route 1 from the Old Hutton cabinet via Gatebeck to the Auction Mart.
We have received praise from the engineers about the quality of the work our volunteers have done in laying the ducts as they have had few problems blowing the fibre through. Fibre has been blown into 46 houses. This means that they are near the final stage when the fibre is connected in the router backplate. Some of these houses are likely to have live broadband services by the end of September; others will have to wait for route 1 to be finished. More local champions have been trained in how to fit house equipment in their communities and the first meeting of several was held to explain how to fill in the B4RN service contract form. The focus for the next few weeks is to press ahead preparing the routes in New Hutton for Tony Swidenbank to install duct. He has not been with us for two or three weeks this month but the weather has been awful and has restricted access to some fields.
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