Bishopbriggs residents are bracing for disruption as ultrafast broadband is being introduced to the area.

Openreach is starting work to offer a full fibre broadband upgrade that will let thousands of local people and businesses connect multiple devices at faster speeds.

Bosses have vowed to use existing networks to avoid roadworks, but warned there may be places where new poles will be installed.

They claim disturbance will be kept to a “minimum” and residents can expect “more engineering teams, equipment and vans around town”.

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The project will reach the majority of local homes and businesses in the town, adding to the 15,000 throughout East Dunbartonshire that can already upgrade to the new Openreach network.

Robert Thorburn, Openreach partnership director for Scotland, said: “We’re excited to bring ultrafast broadband to Bishopbriggs, where our build partner Circet is helping to deliver on the ground, and we want to let local people know what to expect.

“This is a major infrastructure upgrade, so there will be more engineering teams, equipment and vans around town, and we're working closely with East Dunbartonshire Council to keep disruption to a minimum.

“Wherever possible, we’ll use our existing network of ducts and poles to avoid roadworks, new street furniture and disturbance.

“But there may be places where we need to install new poles, underground ducts and fibre cables because it’s the only way to make sure households get included in the upgrade.

He added: “We are also committed to bringing full fibre to rural communities in East Dunbartonshire, making sure that people in even the most isolated areas can enjoy the benefits of ultrafast broadband.”

Alan O’Prey, UK CEO at Circet, added: “We are delighted to be working with Openreach to bring ultrafast broadband to people and businesses in Bishopbriggs.

"Our local teams will be working hard to ensure there is as little disturbance as possible, and we would like to thank the community for their patience and support while we deliver an ultrafast, ultra-reliable broadband network.’’

Openreach’s new ultrafast full fibre network in Scotland now reaches more than 850,000 properties, and the company plans to roll out the new technology to 25 million homes.