Digging is underway on the B4RN network in Crosthwaite, just ten weeks after the project began.

Local volunteers and contractor Tony Swiddenbank started laying ducting this week – expanding B4RN’s gigabit full fibre network out from Levens.

Volunteer Andrew Brown posted on social media: “It’s official! We’ve started cutting turf with a good representation of the team that made it happen present (pictured).

“Thank you team, along with all of you who have signed up and granted wayleaves. A momentous occasion for the Lyth Valley area and all the more important to keep the momentum going.

“Please keep encouraging people to sign up to B4RN.”

One of the first beneficiaries will be Crosthwaite School, who took to Twitter about it:

The local B4RN project leader Stewart Wren said: “To get to this point after less than four months is amazing, well done to the team and all the local landowners who have supported us so far.

“Just another 10km to go…”