RISHI Sunak will meet engineers in Anglesey working to roll out faster internet.

The Prime Minister will head to North Wales today (Thursday, February 22) after he said his Government was “breathing new life into communities” through levelling up, as it was revealed that one million UK properties had been connected to high-speed broadband.

The Prime Minister will meet engineers as well as businesses and communities during his two-day tour of the region.

Mr Sunak said: “Levelling up is about providing people with better opportunities to work, travel and feel proud of where they live.

“Upgrading one million premises with high-speed gigabit broadband is part of our long-term plan to deliver a brighter future by connecting people, businesses and regions across the entire United Kingdom.

“We’re breathing new life into communities across North Wales through greater connectivity, a brand new freeport, more cash for high streets and a £1 billion investment into North Wales rail.”

New data shows 1,006,800 homes, businesses and public buildings can now access gigabit broadband under the £5 billion Project Gigabit, according to the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT).

The programme to improve digital inclusion in hard-to-reach parts of the UK began in 2012.

Most of the now-upgraded premises are in rural areas that have been too difficult or expensive for broadband suppliers to include in their commercial rollout.

The department said around 80 per cent of the UK was now covered by speedy broadband and 85 per cent coverage would be reached by 2025.

But the 2019 Tory manifesto said “we intend to bring full-fibre and gigabit-capable broadband to every home and business across the UK” by that date.

Growth in coverage in Wales over the past year has been among the fastest in the UK, the Government said, with nearly 70 per cent of Welsh premises accessing a gigabit-capable connection.

The Prime Minister visited the new Anglesey freeport last year, which he said would attract over a billion in investment and create thousands of jobs.


The electrification of the North Wales Main Line is being funded with £1 billion, while £20 million from the latest round of the levelling up fund will go towards regenerating town centres and developing areas in Denbighshire in north-east Wales.

Mr Sunak’s visit to the region is part of what Downing Street has dubbed a “levelling-up tour”.

On Wednesday, he warned that the Welsh Government’s new farm subsidy scheme would “decimate farming communities” there.

Jo Stevens, Labour’s shadow Welsh secretary, said: “Rishi Sunak will arrive in Anglesey to find that 14 years of Conservative government has delivered one of the worst coverage levels for gigabit internet, and speeds almost half the UK average."