This tiny lane in Suffolk has the worst broadband in the whole of the UK

With an average download speed of a measly 0.68Mbps, Thorpe Lane in Trimley St Martin, Suffolk, has been found to have the slowest broadband in the UK. 

This tiny lane in Suffolk has the worst broadband in the whole of the UK

It’s so slow, in fact, that this average speed is 260 times slower than the UK’s fastest location, identified as Benford Avenue, Motherwell. Homes on this North Lanarkshire street see average speeds peak at around 177.01Mbps. The UK average is 36.2Mbps, according to

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At Thorpe Lane’s appalling speeds, a two-hour HD film would take more than 21 hours to download, while the same film would be ready in just five minutes on Benford Avenue.

Four of the UK’s fastest broadband streets can be found in London, while Glasgow has two of the UK’s speediest streets. Another is located in the Greater Manchester area. Additionally, Motherwell has a second speedy street in the top 10. 

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In addition to Thorpe Lane, Creeting Lane in Creeting St Peter, also in Suffolk, sits towards the bottom end of the table. The speeds are so slow, you could drive the 30 minutes from Thorpe Lane to Creeting Lane more than 17 times in the same time it took to download an episode of Stranger Things at the former.

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 According to uSwitch’s research, which it claims is based on more than one million ‘real world’ speed tests run by broadband users over the last year, one in five broadband users struggle with speeds of less than 10Mbps, while nearly one in ten crawl along at less than 5Mbps. And despite the fact fibre broadband should be available to 95% of UK households by the end of 2017, only 57% of Brits believe they can access it in their local area.

It’s not all bad news, though. The report shows that the number of broadband users enjoying faster speeds is growing and almost four in ten now get average speeds of 30+Mbps, up from 22% two years ago. 

The UK’s slowest broadband speeds

Rank Street name and location Average download speed (Mbps)
1 Thorpe Lane, Trimley St Martin, Felixstowe, Suffolk 0.679
2 Cawcliff Lane, Wilton, Pickering, North Yorkshire 0.711
3 Old Road, Maisemore, Gloucester, Gloucestershire 0.843
4 Creeting Lane, Creeting St Peter, Ipswich, Suffolk 0.857
5 Opies Terrace, Four Lanes, Redruth, Cornwall 0.867
6 Hatton Green, Warwick, Warwickshire 0.879
7 Saltney Gate, Holbeach, Spalding, Lincolnshire 0.886
8 Rimini Road, Andover, Hampshire 0.895
9 Ashdown Drive, Chorley, Lancashire 0.944
10 Oldfort Road, Omagh, County Tyrone 0.974
11 Goudhurst Court, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire 0.986
12 Thirlmere Drive, Essington, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire 0.990
13 Nuthurst Street, Nuthurst, Horsham, West Sussex 1.003
14 Noak Hill Road, Billericay, Essex 1.007
15 The Gardens, Compton, Paignton, Devon 1.015
16 Sixteen Foot Bank, Stonea, March, Cambridgeshire 1.026
17 Kirkthorpe Lane, Heath, Wakefield, West Yorkshire  1.028
18 Craigflower Road, Glasgow 1.028
19 Pentland Way, Grangemouth, Stirlingshire 1.038
20 Thomas Penson Road, Gobowen, Oswestry, Shropshire 1.049
21 Willow Corner, Bayford, Hertford, Hertfordshire 1.054
22 Primrose Way, Minster on Sea, Sheerness, Kent 1.116
23 Bankhead, Milnathort, Kinross, Perth and Kinross 1.122
24 Slade Lane, Homer, Much Wenlock, Shropshire 1.141
25 Three Sisters Lane, Prestbury, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire 1.146
26 Church Lane, Kirkby-la-Thorpe, Sleaford, Lincolnshire 1.147
27 Shakespeare Avenue, Rayleigh, Essex 1.154
28 Glan-y-Nant, Fochriw, Bargoed, Gwent 1.182
29 Willow Close, Brinsworth, Rotherham, South Yorkshire 1.207
30 Wye Road, Boughton Lees, Ashford, Kent 1.209

The UK’s fastest broadband speeds

Rank Street name and location Average download speed (Mbps)
1 Benford Avenue, Motherwell, North Lanarkshire 177.009
2 Sheskin Gardens, Londonderry, County Londonderry 158.497
3 Crosswood Road, Swindon, Wiltshire 158.355
4 Astill Lodge Road, Leicester, Leicestershire 155.856
5 Olive Hill Road, Halesowen, West Midlands 152.093
6 Bonny Grove, Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire 151.057
7 Red Willow, Harlow, Essex 143.700
8 Arden Oak Road, Birmingham, West Midlands 142.576
9 Airbles Crescent, Motherwell, North Lanarkshire 141.344
10 Dearden Street, Little Lever, Bolton, Greater Manchester 139.524
11 Holmrook Road, Carlisle, Cumbria 138.353
12 Ullswater Drive, Wetherby, West Yorkshire 137.424
13 Chestnut Drive, Pinner, Greater London 134.030
14 Kingsdyke Avenue, Glasgow 132.797
15 Oaklands Grove, Waterlooville, Hampshire 132.449
16 Chatham Road, Kingston upon Thames, Greater London 131.076
17 Wordsworth Drive, Rotherham, South Yorkshire 130.281
18 Claybridge Road, London, Greater London 129.757
19 Simshill Road, Glasgow 129.386
20 Fairmead Mews, Lower Burraton, Saltash, Cornwall  129.322
21 Baxter Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, Essex 129.115
22 Acer Close, Lincoln, Lincolnshire 128.933
23 Larch Avenue, Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside 128.472
24 Inmans Road, Hull, East Yorkshire 128.290
25 Hempstead Road, Gillingham, Kent  128.248
26 Beechfield Road, Smethwick, West Midlands 127.686
27 Bodmin Avenue, Slough, Berkshire 127.270
28 Taeping Street, London, Greater London 126.510
29 The Rake, Wirral, Merseyside  126.461
30 Mauchline Court, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire 125.773


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