WORK to bring ultra-fast internet to Blackburn has begun.

Lancashire broadband network Internexus has started the roll-out of the town's new ultra-fast internet network, with the north west of the town first to benefit from the new infrastructure.

Phase 1 of the roll-out will cover approximately 1.6 square miles between the A6119 in the north and the A677 in the west, down to the A674 from Wilton Park to Barton Street and the B6232 in the centre of town.

Workers began installing the network on Revidge Road, with some houses and businesses in the area able to connect immediately.

In total, more than 2,000 premises are set to benefit from Phase 1 of the new wireless broadband by June.

The work is part of plans to make Blackburn one of the UK’s first ‘gigabit-capable’ towns, meaning residents will soon be able to access internet speeds of more than 1,000 mbps as standard, increasing to 6,000 mbps by 2025.

Neil Knighton, communications manager for Internexus, said: "This is an exciting first step for both Internexus and Blackburn in creating the UK’s first truly gigabit-capable town.

"We are continuing to work closely with local communities to ensure minimal disruption. If any residents have concerns or questions about work on their street, they can call our helpline on 01254 405 000."