The last major milestone completed today, the fibre is now in all the way from Knutsford into the cabinet.
All that’s left to do now is to connect up both ends and test the service. We’re looking to complete this ready for ordering Thursday/Friday next week.
A big day 3 years in the making!
Finally looks like we’re getting somewhere. The very last piece of work on the Chelford Road is booked in for next Tuesday – they’ve had a nightmare with multiple blockages and collapsed ducting.
The fibre is at due to be ‘blown’ down the route next Wednesday/Thursday. Once this is completed, it needs to be connected up both ends, tested and commissioned.
BT then notify all the suppliers (Talk Talk, Sky, BT etc.) that they can start accepting orders. It looks like we’re going to be able to place an order for the upgraded service the first week back after Easter. Fingers crossed.
Thanks for your patience on this!
Hi there – I’m away this week, but thought I would share an email I have received from BT – the short version is the weather has pushed us back a couple of weeks until the middle of March. I’ll keep you posted with any further updates as I get them.
“After our call last week I found out that our contractors were having issues at the Knutsford end of the spine affecting about 250m. We have had to put in additional permits with Cheshire Highways and have to re-align our traffic management resource to accommodate this.
The weather has also had an impact on cabling and the remaining civils this week. As engineers have been stood down. I have spoken to Cheshire East Highways to get support regarding permits and last minute changes, they are supporting us and we will be working out of hours next week under traffic management permits.
Unfortunately this has caused a unexpected delay in the planned delivery date we discussed last week which I apologise for.
The plan now is to compete the cabling next week starting 5th March and completing 10th – 11th March then blowing the fibre from the 12th March this will take 3 -4 days.
David, I appreciate how disappointing and frustrating this will be to you and the residents, but please be assured I am working closely with our contractors and their management team to keep driving this forward and complete the structure as soon as possible.”