Superfast West Yorkshire and York Broadband

The Superfast West Yorkshire and York project is striving to extend the availability of Next Generation Access (NGA) broadband infrastructure and to build on the already-achieved Government’s target for 95% of the UK to have access to superfast broadband speeds by the end of 2017

To achieve this, West Yorkshire Combined Authority intends to procure further coverage of NGA broadband infrastructure capable of delivering download speeds of at least 30 Megabits per second (Mbps) in areas within its programme area where such broadband is currently unavailable, by the end of Jan 2020.

This phase follows on from two previous rounds of work. Geographically, this covers the five West Yorkshire local authorities (Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield, Calderdale and Kirklees) and the city of York.

State Aid public consultation (Aug 2019)

We are conducting a public consultation during August 2019 in order to validate the intervention area mapping by allowing all interested stakeholders an opportunity to comment on the planned aid measure.

We are requesting information and supporting evidence in relation to basic and NGA broadband infrastructure within the project area and wish to hear from all relevant stakeholders (including residents, businesses as well as broadband infrastructure operators), particularly in relation to areas to be targeted as part of the NGA intervention area at Annex [A].

You can read the full details of the consultation and also examine the following associated documents:

This consultation is open until midnight on 17 September 2019.

Once it is closed, the Combined Authority will finalise the intervention areas based on information received.

Once the consultation has commenced, the Combined Authority intends to issue an Invitation to Tender (ITT) on 23 August 2019 via the Yortender procurement portal to suppliers to bid for the opportunity to deliver extended NGA broadband coverage.

Any changes to the intervention area as a result of the public consultation will be reflected in revisions to the ITT documents. Revised documents will then be re-published via a clarification on the Yortender portal.

The intention is to award a contract during January 2020. The related extended deployment plans for broadband infrastructure should begin by mid-2020.

Original State Aid public consultation and closure report (Aug-Dec 2018)

A previous consultation was published on 2 Aug 2018 and closed on 3 Sept 2018. Following closure, the intervention areas were revised and incorporated into a procurement that commenced in Dec 2018, however there was no resulting contract award.

You can view this original Public Consultation (including maps) and the outcome report for information; it forms the basis of the Aug 2019 public consultation noted above.