The Best and Worst Broadband in Britain
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The Best and Worst Broadband in Britain

By |Published On: 11th March 2015|

This article is an external press release originally published on the Landlord News website, which has now been migrated to the Just Landlords blog.

In some parts of the UK, households suffer broadband speeds that can be as much as 135 times slower than the fastest speeds in the country, according to uSwitch.

The average broadband speed on Williamson Road, Romney Marsh, Kent is a terrible 0.535Mbps. This means that it would take about 19 hours to download a two-hour HD film, and 49 minutes for a 20-song music album, uSwitch’s research found.

The complete opposite is found on Sandy Lane, Cannock, Staffordshire, where speeds are 135 times faster, and are an average of 72.86Mbps. Downloading the same film here would take just eight minutes, and only 22 seconds for the same album.

The study revealed a wide gap between broadband speeds around the UK. A third of the country still struggles with speeds less than 5Mbps, and 23% are even on less than 3Mbps.

Broadband speed can be affected by: The user’s distance from the nearest exchange; the broadband provider; and sometimes the property itself, such as thick walls.

The fastest and slowest speeds are spread all around the UK, however, the north of England sees twice as many quick streets as the south, found the survey of the 30 fastest and slowest streets.

Speeds can often vary massively within the same county. Three of the fastest streets are in Staffordshire, but as are two of the slowest. In another county, the average download speed on Cheadle Road, Alton, Stoke-on-Trent is 54 times slower than on Werrington Road, Bucknall.

The findings are based on over one million speed tests run by broadband users in the last six months.

Some households may be able to put up with slow speeds, but it can be a huge problem for small businesses. Broadband issues affect half of all small businesses in rural areas, another study found.

The Federation of Small Business revealed that 49% of rural small firms are not satisfied with the quality of their broadband, compared with 28% in cities.1

However, the number of people experiencing superfast broadband is growing. Over a fifth of broadband users now get average speeds of over 30Mbps, a rise from 15% only a year ago.

UK Streets with the Fastest Broadband Speeds1


Street Name & Location

Average Download Speed (Mbps)

1 Sandy Lane, Hatherton, Cannock, Staffordshire 72.86
2 Stockfield Road, Yardley, Birmingham, West Midlands 71.37
3 Aigburth Drive, Liverpool, Merseyside 71.2
4 Southhouse Broadway, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh 68.53
5 Winchcombe Close, Swindon, Wiltshire 68.41
6 Alexandra Court, East Lindsey, Skegness, Lincolnshire 68.19
7 The Close, Conway Avenue, Thorton-Cleveleys, Blackpool 65.29
8 University Terrace, Pittenweem, Anstruther, Fife 64.62
9 Bulwer Gardens, Barnet, Greater London 64.56
10 New Church Road, Hove, The City of Brighton & Hove 61.03
11 Rowantree Crescent, Dundee, Dundee City 60.91
12 Barnacre Road, Longridge, Preston, Lancashire 60.78
13 Byron Road, South Croydon, Greater London 60.23
14 King Street, Market Rason, Lincolnshire 59.45
15 Camarthen Way, Rushden, Northamptonshire 58.27
16 Birkrig, Skelmersdale, Lancashire 58.11
17 Becket Mews, Canterbury, Kent 57.33
18 Friars Street, Hereford, Herefordshire 57.16
19 Luss Avenue, Greenock, Inverclyde 56.12
20 Castle Lea, Caldicot, Monmouthshire 53.11
21 St John’s View, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire 52.93
22 Caiesdykes Road, Aberdeen, Aberdeen City 52.75
23 Tuesley Lane, Godalming, Surrey 52.6
24 Longacres, Cannock, Staffordshire 52.38
25 Harcourt Road, Aberdeen, Aberdeen City 49.69
26 Monza Close, Buckley, Flintshire 49.49
27 Werrington Road, Bucknall, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire 49.01
28 Dalrymple Road, Brockley, Greater London 48.96
29 Brinkworth Close, Chippenham, Wiltshire 48.88
30 Highwood Drive, Nailsworth, Stroud, Gloucestershire 48.74
The Best and Worst Broadband in Britain

The Best and Worst Broadband in Britain

Broadband Expert at uSwitch, Ewan Taylor-Gibson, comments: “The UK’s slowest street broadband speeds are so sluggish you could fly to the Bahamas and back again in the time it takes to download a film.

“Likely causes include the user’s distance from the nearest exchange or issues within the properties themselves. Wireless connections can be affected by the thickness of walls, for example, but your broadband provider can usually offer a solution if that’s the case.”

He says that bad speeds can make people feel isolated, have an affect on businesses and schools, and even affect house prices.

He adds: “A nationwide rollout of fibre broadband to the furthest and most remote corners of the UK has never been more urgent.”1

UK Streets with the Slowest Broadband Speeds1


Street Name & Location

Average Download Speed (Mbps)

1 Williamson Road, Lydd-on-Sea, Romney Marsh, Kent 0.535
2 Great Fen Road, Soham, Ely, Cambridgeshire 0.547
3 Styles Court, Luton, Bedfordshire 0.8
4 Mardy Lane, Clun, Craven Arms, Shropshire 0.884
5 Weston Beggard Lane, Weston Beggard, Hereford, Herefordshire 0.914
6 Cheadle Road, Alton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire 0.916
7 Mill Lane, Horndon on the Hill, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex 0.928
8 Llansadwrn, Menai Bridge, Isle of Anglesey 0.948
9 Solway Road, Moresby Parks, Whitehaven, Cumbria 0.963
10 Shorthorn Road, Stratton Strawless, Norwich, Norfolk 0.964
11 Foxbury Road, St Leonards, Ringwood, Dorset 0.976
12 Corrie Road, Kinlochleven, Highland, Scotland 0.985
13 The Crescent, Allington, Allington Gardens, Grantham, Lincolnshire 1.01
14 The Line, Linton, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire 1.025
15 Uxbridge Road, Feltham, Greater London 1.03
16 North Lopham Road, Kenninghall, Norfolk 1.037
17 Coningsby Gardens East, Woodthorpe, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire 1.039
18 Kingfisher Drive, Birmingham, West Midlands 1.105
19 Sovereign Fold Road, Leigh, Wigan, Greater Manchester 1.116
20 McKinnon Drive, Mayfield, Dalkeith, Midlothian 1.122
21 Brampton Road, Hereford, Herefordshire 1.153
22 Marlingford Road, Easton, Norwich, Norfolk 1.174
23 Tarr Steps, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham 1.226
24 Thornham Lane, Middleton, Manchester 1.236
25 Axial Drive, Colchester, Essex 1.244
26 Balmoral Drive, Willenhall, West Midlands 1.249
27 Grange Terrace, Pelton Fell, Chester le Street, County Durham 1.258
28 Bitham Lane, Stretton, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire 1.267
29 Stubb Road, Hickling, Norwich, Norfolk 1.314
30 Manor Close, Denton, Manchester 1.32



About the Author: Em Morley (she/they)

Em is the Content Marketing Manager for Just Landlords, with over five years of experience writing for insurance and property websites. Together with the knowledge and expertise of the Just Landlords underwriting team, Em aims to provide those in the property industry with helpful resources. When she’s not at her computer researching and writing property and insurance guides, you’ll find her exploring the British countryside, searching for geocaches.

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