Swineshead street third slowest in UK for broadband speeds, survey finds


A street in Swineshead has the third slowest broadband speed in the UK, a new survey has found.

Station Road has an average broadband speed of 0.65Mbps - more than 27 times slower than the UK average (17.8Mbps) - according to a study conducted by the price comparison and switching service uSwitch.com.

The sluggish connection places the street third in the UK behind Erw Fawr, in Henryd, Conwy, Wales, and Wheatley Road, in Corringham, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex, both of which had an average speed of 0.6Mbps.

Broadband users ran a grand total of 1,896,977 consumer speed tests during a six-month period up to January 2014 using uSwitch.com’s free speed testing tool.

In order for a street to qualify for inclusion in the ranking, tests from at least 30 unique IP addresses were required.

Residents of Loundes Road in Unstone, Dronfield, Derbyshire have the fastest download speeds in the country – of 57.58Mbps.

This means average speeds there are a staggering 88 times faster than those in Swineshead’s Station Road.

Those living in Station Road must wait an average of 14 hours to download an HD-quality film but, in Loundes Road, residents could be enjoying their favourite movie in high-definition in just nine minutes.

Bottom ten:

1= Erw Fawr, Henryd, Conwy, Wales (0.60Mps)

1= Wheatley Road, Corringham, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex (0.60Mps)

3. Station Road, Swineshead, Boston, Lincolnshire (0.65Mps)

4. Kelvin Grove, North Shields, Tyne and Wear (0.74Mps)

5. Maple Crescent, Alveley, Bridgnorth, Shropshire (0.91Mps)

6. Evesham Road (nr Church Lane), Norton, Evesham, Worcestershire (0.92Mps)

7. Meadow View (nr Rectory Road), Castle Carrock, Brampton, Cumbria (0.94Mps)

8. Canal Street, Oakthorpe, Swadlincote, Leicestershire (0.96Mps)

9. Pickleys Lane, Doveridge, Ashbourne, Derbyshire (0.99Mps)

10. Dereham Road (nr Chancel Lane), Garvestone, Norwich, Norfolk (1.03Mps)

Top ten:

1. Loundes Road, Unstone, Dronfield, Derbyshire (57.58Mps)

2. Spencer Close, Swindon, Wiltshire (50.60Mps)

3. Northam Drive, Ripley, Derbyshire (44.67Mps)

4. Byfletts, Basildon, Essex (41.47Mps)

5. Mill Lane (nr Malvern Close), North Hykeham, Lincoln, Lincolnshire (38.88Mps)

6. Lymington Road (nr Barton Court Road), New Milton, Hampshire (35.70Mps)

7. Littlewood Lane, Walsall, Staffordshire (35.64Mps)

8. Camel Road, London (34.62Mps)

9. Pen-Y-Graig Road, Brymbo, Wrexham (31.91Mps)

10. Giffins Close, Braintree, Essex (30.33Mps)