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March 2022 Update

March-April 2022 Road Closures Burton B4RN

ADVANCE NOTICE: ROLLING CLOSURE Tanpits Lane, Station Lane, Neddy Hill 14th March - 14th April 2022. 

The work to install high-speed fibre broadband in Burton will soon be moving to Tanpits Lane, Station Lane, Neddy Hill.  Due to the nature of the roads in this area it is necessary to undertake a series of road closures during the above dates. 

The works will be progressive and only some short sections are narrow enough to require full closure. Access into the area will still be possible from each direction and contractors will endeavour to keep actual closures as short as possible. At times there will be larger vehicles accessing the streetworks construction site to carry out certain tasks and which may block the road for short durations. 

The installation consists of trenching in the carriageway or pavement, where it is available, to install ducting and "toby boxes", one at the boundary of each property. The toby box is buried at ground level and it forms the connection point between each property and the main fibre broadband network. All work will be carried out within approved planning and streetworks regulations and under appropriate permits from Cumbria County Council.

We understand these works will be disruptive, and we thank you in advance for your patience and understanding. If you know you will need access to your vehicle when the works are obviously approaching your property, please help by moving your vehicle in advance if it is possible to do so. You will also be able to talk to the contractors directly and they will do their best to create access for you as soon as it is safe to do so.  Please also talk to the contractors if you are aware of essential access that visitors may require. If you are not able to talk to the contractors, please contact one of your local volunteers (details below) who are able to contact contractors or B$RN representatives as needed. 

Local Volunteers: Martin Sansby (07906 527601), Mike Iddon (07731 800811), Holly Phillips (07919 154116). 




B4RN Fibre Broadband Installation in 2022

Starting before the end of January 2022, B4RN will begin extending its highspeed fibre broadband network in Burton-in-Kendal. This phase is specifically to cover areas which require streetworks construction, using pavements or carriageway as needed. The construction is expected to take several weeks in total, moving through different streets and areas as the work progresses. Some streets have very specific date restrictions which we must work around.

The installation consists of progressively trenching along pavements to install ducting and "toby boxes", one at the boundary of each property. Where there is no pavement, the carriageway is used instead, and the exact route is carefully considered. The toby box is buried at ground level, and it forms the connection point between each property and the main fibre broadband network. During construction there will be footways closed or diverted in accordance with regulations and the trenching will also cross the road in some places to a pre-planned route.

All works will be carried out within approved planning and Streetworks Regulations and under appropriate permits from Cumbria County Council. During construction, the contractors will always consider pedestrian & property access, ensuring that access is available. If you need to take your vehicle in or out when the works are close by, please do talk to the contractors directly and they will create access for you, either immediately or as soon as it is safe to do so.

We understand that parking for cars may be difficult whilst our works are being carried out and contractors may need to ask you to temporarily move parked cars so that they can progress the installation as quickly and efficiently as possible down the pavement. We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding while the network is installed.

If you have any questions about the scheme, please contact your local volunteer in the first instance who will be able to contact B4RN directly with any questions they is not able to answer themself.

Details of areas of build can be found below:

First areas of build (not necessarily in this exact order):

Vicarage Lane, Vicarage Close, Hutton Close, Glebe Close, Morewood Drive (during School half term), section of Boon Walks.

Second areas of build (some of these have specific dates due to road closure requirements):

Sections of Main Street/Boon Walks (between Memorial Hall and Tanpits Lane), Tanpits Lane, Hollowrayne, St James Drive, Burton Park, Station Lane, Neddy Hill.

The exact order of construction is determined nearer the time and often dictated by logistics on the ground. It is therefore possible that sections will be built in a discrete way and only joined together once all sections are complete.

You can find out more about B4RN at www.b4rn.org.uk and if you would like to sign up for fibre broadband please go to www.b4rn.org.uk/getb4rn and enter your postcode.


2020 Update Summary

Fibre broadband by B4RN for Burton

To date we have connected 70 properties on Vicarage Lane, Morewood Drive, Boon Walks, Cocking Yard, Oak Court, Mowbray Drive, Thornleigh Drive and Dalton Lane.

B4RN leave a connection for every property.

During the year we have started to install ducting to properties on the west side of the village including Barton Close, Barton Row, The Square and Neddy Hill. These properties will all be connected via ducting from the fields to the west of the village.

In September the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) announced that they were closing the Gigabit Project from the 24th of the month. As a result we endeavoured to get as many people signed up before the deadline.

This was particularly in those areas where B4RN had proposed a ‘hard-dig’ i.e. Hutton Close, Hollowrayne, St James’s Drive, Burton Park, Station Lane, Vicarage Close, Tanpits Lane, Neddy Hill and the main road between the last two.

In October we learnt that, after concerted lobbying by Tim Farron and Michael Lee (B4RN CEO), the B4RN4Burton project had been granted ‘Voucher Priority Area’ status. Essentially this means that we can continue to plan and build the network within the village. There are currently 148 voucher applications waiting for a connection.

To get a voucher go to www.b4rn.org.uk/getb4rn. For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


B4RN Whole Village Meeting

Tuesday, 19 November 2019 from 19:00-21:00 Burton Morewood School

Village meeting to demonstrate B4RN and discuss the next steps for village wide roll out. Please put the date in your diary and spread the word.


October 5th, 2019

With the help of Sue Caddy & Martin Lange (both quite rightly nominated for an INCA Gold award www.inca.coop/news/awards-shortlist-2019) two more houses on the Head End have had fibre blown to them today.

We have also patched and connected our first residential & business customers on Morewood Drive.They have received Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme (GBVS) vouchers from the Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) which reduces our parishes overall installation costs. I think it would be fair to say that they are blown away by the consistency and speed of the B4RN service so far. Because both the customers dug their own conduit in from their boundary to where the router has been located they will receive £150 & £300 respectively for the residential and business connection back from B4RN now they are connected.They will both pay £30 per month for an 'all you can use' service and will be able to serve notice on their respective broadband companies. There is no line rental to pay and they are looking forward to taking up a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone service which will save them a significant amount of money whilst allowing them to keep their existing phone number.

Those people who either don’t have time or are not able to dig the conduit in can use the £150 for residents & £300 for businesses to pay a contractor to dig the connection in on their behalf. This will potentially make the roll out of B4RN for the village significantly quicker.

A before and after speed test from both properties, these were both previously fed by different suppliers but both used copper connections to enter the properties. Note the significantly better ping time as well showing a quicker response to and from the server.


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October 1st, 2019

We have the pleasure of announcing that the B4RN cabinet in Burton is live as of today and Burton Morewood School has received a free 1000 Megabits per second connection. This marks the completion of Phase One of our project to deliver a Gigabit connection to our village.

We would like to thank all the people who have made this vision a reality, there are too many to name in an individual email but include the landowners who kindly gave permission for the connection to pass across their land; the people who invested to allow us to build the infrastructure; the people who gave up their time to dig the core route and local connections in; the people at B4RN who have supported & facilitated this community project; the people in the village who have championed our cause and gone door to door for expressions of interest; the B4RN champions from other villages in particular Silverdale who have given expert help, advice and time with us to keep our project on track.

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