Stirling MSP Bruce Crawford has been informed that, following several meetings, Tyndrum is set to be connected to superfast broadband by March 2019.


Tyndrum’s connectivity will be introduced under the Scottish Government’s current DSSB programme.


Any communities who have not benefitted from the DSSB programme will be connected under the forthcoming R100 programme – the contract for which will be awarded by the Scottish Government this year.


R100 is the programme that will deliver the most ambitious policy for broadband delivery anywhere in the UK, reaching 100% of premises by 2021.


The Scottish Government has committed £600 million to connecting every home and business property between now and the end of the parliament session in 2021.


Mr Crawford raised this matter, citing the situation in Crianlarich with the Scottish Government Minister, Paul Wheelhouse, in the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday (19th Sept).


Commenting, Bruce Crawford said:


“This is great news for Tyndrum, who will finally have access to up to date and reliable broadband speeds.


“The Scottish Government has committed to delivering where the open market approach of the UK Government has let communities down. This has meant a massive increase of properties getting access to superfast broadband in the Stirling area – with connectivity now at almost 95%.


“There will be slight disappointment in Crianlarich that this particular announcement has not included their community. Having met with the local community on many occasions to discuss this matter, I know how important getting connected is.


“I am encouraged by the response I received from the Minister in Parliament when I raised this issue earlier in the week and I know that the Scottish Government is committed to delivering full coverage in this parliamentary term – having committed a significant amount of funding to achieving just that.”