The Staffordshire street with the UK's fastest internet connection

Sandy Lane, Cannock Credit: Google Maps

New research shows households face a postcode lottery when it comes to getting the fastest broadband speeds - but Sandy Lane Cannock comes out on top.

A survey of the UK's very quickest average connections also shows the north of England enjoying twice as many speedy streets as the south.

uSwitch.com collected the data over six months, finding the fastest averageconnection to be in Sandy Lane, and the UK's slowest speeds suffered byresidents of Williamson Road in Romney Marsh, near Folkestone, where a home-owner could fly to the Bahamas and back in the time it takes to download an HD movie.

While Staffordshire boasts three of the top 30 fastest streets in the country, it also boasts two of the slowest in Stoke-onTrent, and Burton-upon-Trent.

In further evidence of the post code lottery, the average download speed forresidents in Cheadle Road in Alton, Staffordshire, was 54 times slower thanWerrington Road in Bucknall, Stoke, which is just 12 miles away.

Data showed the well-served residents of Sandy Lane enjoyed speeds of72.86Mbps, allowing a two-hour HD movie to download in just eight minutes, and a 20-song album to drop in a mere 22 seconds.

Speeds in Cheadle Road (pictured) are 54 times slower than in Werrington Road, only 12 miles away Credit: Google Maps