50 Worst Broadband Streets
8 November 2012, 12:20
A cul-de-sac in a Northamptonshire village and a street in Woburn, Bedfordshire, have been named among the 50 worst UK streets for broadband speeds.
The list has been compiled by the website uSwitch.com.
People in Hillside Road, Piddington, Northamptonshire can expect average connection speeds of just 0.613Mbps. People in London Road, Woburn can expect average speeds of 0.658Mbps.
The UK's slowest street has been named as Cromarty Road, Stamford, Lincolnshire, where average connection speeds only reach 0.132Mbps.
By contrast, the UK's fastest street is Willowfield Road in Telford, Shropshire, which has registered super-fast download speeds of 70.9Mbps over the past six months; a staggering 537 times faster than Cromarty Road.
It would take Willowfield residents just 2 minutes 49 seconds to download a two-hour film, and 11 seconds to download a music album, while Cromarty Road residents would take 25 hours and 15 minutes to download a two-hour film and 1 hour and 41 minutes to download the same album.
The following table lists the 50 slowest streets in the UK in terms of average broadband connection speeds:
Rank / Street name and location / Download speed (Mbps)
1 Cromarty Road, Stamford, Lincolnshire 0.132
2 Ledbury Road, Wellington Heath, Herefordshire 0.192
3 Halsey Drive, Edzell, Aberdeenshire 0.25
4 Burghley Road, Lincoln, Lincolnshire 0.259
5 Harwich Road, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex 0.26
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 0.54
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 0.57
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 0.56
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 0.67
48 Ariel Close, Newport, Wales 0.69
49 Rowan Tree Close, Birkenhead, Merseyside 0.693
50 Heol-Y-Llys, Rhyl, Denbigshire, Wales 0.699
Source: uSwitch.com Broadband Speed Tracker, 2012
Julia Stent, broadband expert at uSwitch.com, said: "The massive discrepancy between the fastest and slowest streets in Britain shows what the Government is up against in its fight to drag Britain into the broadband fast-lane.
"These results show just how ambitious it is being in its bid to overtake the rest of Europe and haul Britain in line with the likes of South Korea and Singapore by bringing super-fast broadband to 90% of the UK. Rural parts of Britain in particular are still experiencing broadband speeds so slow that they might as well have no broadband at all."
“Ultimately, anyone frustrated with their broadband service should test their speeds regularly online and compare the results to those of other broadband users in the same area. If the tests reveal that another provider is offering better speeds in your local area, consider switching."