Sunday, 11 November 2012 17:06

Revealed: Britain's slowest broadband

Written by  Ruralcity Media
Revealed: Britain's slowest broadband

BRITAIN'S slowest broadband speeds continue to be found in market towns and rural areas, confirms a report.

The slowest street for broadband is Cromarty Road in Stamford, Lincolnshire, claims the price comparison website uSwitch.

With a barely-there average download speed of just 0.132Mbps, Cromarty Road is more than 500 times slower than the UK's fastest street, which is Willowfield in Telford (70.9Mbps).

Willowfield residents would take just 2 minutes 49 seconds to download a two-hour film, while Cromarty Road residents would take a dawdling 25 hours and 15 minutes.

With an average download speed of just 0.192Mbps, the second slowest street is Ledbury Road in Wellington Heath, Herefordshire.

Residents on Ledbury Road would probably be better off sending snail mail than an email, said uSwitch. "Their street is a broadband dead end," it added.

The 50 slowest places for broadband are listed below.

Julia Stent, broadband expert at, said: "Rural parts of Britain in particular are still experiencing broadband speeds so slow that they might as well have no broadband at all."

The massive discrepancy between the fastest and slowest streets showed what the government was up against in its fight to drag Britain into the broadband fast-lane, she added.

"Worryingly, the government's super-fast broadband rollout is heavily geared towards urban areas, which will only widen the rural-urban broadband gap."

Ms Stent said it was worrying that that the governent's main aim wasn't providing a decent broadband service to those areas still lacking basic broadband infrastructure.

The government should be bringing acceptable average speeds to those in rural areas who had been forever languishing in the slow lane, she suggested.

"While the government also has ambitions of bringing basic broadband to all – this only means speeds of 2 Mbps, and no targets have been set."

Most of Britain's slowest streets for broadband were not in particularly remote areas, but in small towns, nearer to exchanges and where higher download speeds would be expected.

"Part of the problem is that government funding for super-fast broadband is being dished out to councils, who don't necessarily have a full view of the big picture."


 Street name and locationMbps*
1 Cromarty Road, Stamford, Lincolnshire 0.132
2 Ledbury Road, Wellington Heath, Herefordshire 0.192
3 Halsey Drive, Edzell, Aberdeenshire 0.250
4 Burghley Road, Lincoln, Lincolnshire 0.259
5 Harwich Road, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex 0.260
6 Spondon Road, Wednesfield, Wolverhampton, West Midlands 0.304
7 Woodlands Drive, Colsterworth, Lincolnshire 0.346
8 Glabon Road, Norwich, Norfolk 0.381
9 Rose Hill Drive, Dodworth, South Yorkshire 0.394
10 Clements Lane, Elford, Staffordshire 0.421
11 Landsdown Crescent, Larne, County Antrim, Northern Ireland 0.422
12 Kelsick Park, Seaton, Cumbria 0.423
13 Kirkton Road, Fenwick, East Ayrshire 0.429
14 Mere Crescent, Northwich, Cheshire West and Chester 0.484
15 Brynhafod, Bryn, Neath, Port Talbot 0.525
16 Churchill Drive, Upper Bruntingthorpe, Lutterworth, Leicestershire 0.533
17 Broad Street, Great Cambourne, Cambridgeshire 0.538
18 Grammer Street, Denby Village, Derbyshire 0.539
19 Lake Way, Jaywick, Essex 0.540
20 Danby Close, Washington, Tyne and Wear 0.549
21 Crouch Meadow, Hullbridge, Essex 0.556
22 Pinfield Close, Scarborough, North Yorkshire 0.559
23 Copper Beach Drive, Carlton Colville, Suffolk 0.564
24 Bodham Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire 0.570
25 Foundry Road, Ryhall, Rutland 0.575
26 Redhall Road, Templand, Dumfries and Galloway 0.576
27 The Green, Biddestone, Wiltshire 0.581
28 Underhill Road, Matson, Gloucester, Gloucestershire 0.584
29 Crossways Park, Pulborough, West Sussex 0.598
30 Hazel Grove, Hockley Heath, West Midlands 0.560
31 Leonard Road, Greatstone, Kent 0.601
32 Foxton Road, Barrington, Cambridgeshire 0.606
33 Hillside Road, Piddington, Northamptonshire 0.613
34 Rhosyn Gwyn, New Tredegar, Caerphilly 0.615
35 Jacqueline Gardens, Billericay, Essex 0.631
36 Oak Tree Drive, Guildford, Surrey 0.633
37 Main Street, Stonesby, Leicestershire 0.634
38 Turnberry Avenue, Leeds, West Yorkshire 0.635
39 Westfield Close, Five Ashes, East Sussex 0.636
40 South View Road, London Borough of Haringey, London 0.639
41 Heal Park Crescent, Fremington, Devon 0.651
42 London End, Woburn, Central Bedfordshire 0.658
43 Roanhead Lane, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria 0.663
44 Arundel Drive, Orpington, Greater London 0.671
45 Upper Malvern Road, Belfast, Castlereagh 0.681
46 Beck Side, Hibaldstow, North Lincolnshire 0.681
47 Ardgay Road, Bonnybridge, Falkirk 0.670
48 Ariel Close, Newport, Wales 0.690
49 Rowan Tree Close, Birkenhead, Merseyside 0.693
50 Heol-Y-Llys, Rhyl, Denbigshire, Wales 0.699
   source: uSwitch                                *refers to download speed  

People in this conversation

  • Dear Sir,
    I note with interest that there are no communities or streets mentioned for East Yorkshire. Humber & Wolds Rural Community Council (HWRCC) has been working with East Riding of Yorkshire Council to help stimulate demand for a faster broadband service in rural communities across the county. In Lockington, the average download speed in many streets is only 0.3mb and a great many rural business which are operating from home are trying desperately to do so using this speed of broadband.

    from Howden, East Riding of Yorkshire DN14, UK
  • Guest (C Lawless)


    I'm surprised there's nowhere mentioned in east Surrey. We're just inside the M25, so not exactly rural, and a film can take 24 hours to download.

  • I don't understand why everyone is saying the goverment should do this local councils do not see the big picture etc Local Councils are working hard to get funding from wherever they can to assit their local residents & industries. The real culprits in all this is the government who Privatised BT and BT Itself this is another Example of privatisation not being in the National Interest and private enterprise not delivering for the country

  • Guest (Stephen Kane)


    I was interested in this as my sister and nephew live in Landsdown Crescent, Larne (No. 11 on the list). I spoke with her last night after seeing the article and she says they've never had any problems with their broadband speed and my nephew is on the net a lot. The road is less than 5 minutes walk from the centre of a town of about 18-20,000 so web access is good. Wonder where they got their stats?

  • Guest (Rachel Hartley)


    Cookhill Near Alcester Warwickshire has always had a dreadful Broadband service - less than half a meg download speed at the best of times and a very unreliable connection, how come Cookhill didn't make it on to the list? Rural areas and therefore rural businesses are totally ignored, the lines are over 50 years old and just not up to it, BT won't spend the money upgrading these lines, so while the urban areas get faster & faster speeds we still suffer but we are charged the same! GRRRRR!!

  • We read with interest the comments and list of slow speeds for broadband. The speed in our village is 0.24Mbps which is dreadful. We keep hearing about superfast broadband and how good iPlayer etc are but are just unable to access such delights. To add to the complication we are an Essex village and yet have to be dependent upon Hertfordshire for action as our exchange is over the county border. When will we see some real action rather than those never ending promises/

    from Farnham, Essex CM23, UK

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