1. ITV Report

Survey shows Lincolnshire among slowest and fastest broadband speeds

A poll by uSwitch has found that a Lincolnshire road is the third worst in the country for slow broadband. Station Road in the Swineshead area of Boston is thirty times slower than the UK average.

Elsewhere in the county though, Mill Lane in North Hykeham is fifth fastest.

Yorkshire roads on the list include Prince Street, Allerton Bywater, West Yorkshire which ranked 15th slowest with download speeds averaging 1.13 MBPS and Alexander Avenue in York was was 22nd slowest with an average speed of 1.33 MBPS.

There were no Yorkshire roads in the top ten fastest.

The slowest streets in the country are:

1 - Erw Fawr, Henryd, Conwy, Wales - 0.60 (Mbps)2 - Wheatley Road, Corringham, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex - 0.603 - Station Road, Swineshead, Boston, Lincolnshire - 0.654 - Kelvin Grove, North Shields, Tyne and Wear - 0.745 - Maple Crescent, Alveley, Bridgnorth, Shropshire - 0.916 - Evesham Road (nr Church Lane), Norton, Evesham, Worcestershire - 0.927 - Meadow View (nr Rectory Road), Castle Carrock, Brampton, Cumbria - 0.948 - Canal Street, Oakthorpe, Swadlincote, Leicestershire - 0.969 - Pickleys Lane, Doveridge, Ashbourne, Derbyshire - 0.9910 - Dereham Road (nr Chancel Lane), Garvestone, Norwich, Norfolk - 1.03

The fastest streets in the country are:

1Loundes Road, Unstone, Dronfield, Derbyshire

2Spencer Close, Swindon, Wiltshire

3Northam Drive, Ripley, Derbyshire

4Byfletts, Basildon, Essex

5Mill Lane (nr Malvern Close), North Hykeham, Lincoln, Lincolnshire

6Lymington Road (nr Barton Court Road), New Milton, Hampshire

7Littlewood Lane, Walsall, Staffordshire

8****Camel Road, London

9****Pen-Y-Graig Road, Brymbo, Wrexham

10Giffins Close, Braintree, Essex

There are still areas in the UK which experience broadband speeds so slow the service is negligible. At the same time, superfast broadband connections are becoming more widely available but – as our research suggests – these are clearly not being utilised.

– Marie-Louise Abretti, uSwitch

uSwitch's research found that only 15% of UK residents have access to a broadband connection of 30Mbps or higher, the speed which is required to earn the tag of "superfast" as set out by the EU. uSwitch also quote figures from Ofcom in their findings that show that while 73% of the UK now have access to superfast broadband, their findings suggest fewer than 10% can utilise it.

The Government say they are working to improve internet access across England, putting the country on a par with other leading European economies:

"Ofcom reported only a few weeks ago that 73% of the UK already has access to superfast broadband and that the UK now has the best superfast coverage of all five leading European economies, as well as the highest take-up rate. Government is investing £780m to take superfast broadband to 95% of the UK by 2017 and the rollout is well under way, with more than 20,000 homes and businesses gaining access every single week

– Communications Minister Ed Vaizey