Andrew took part in questions to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport yesterday to ask the minister how the shared rural network will provide improvements in mobile phone coverage across our area.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, may I ask the Secretary of State how the shared rural network and other measures are finally going to get us the improvements in mobile phone coverage across north Lincolnshire and the East Riding of Yorkshire that we so desperately still need? (902071)
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (Matt Warman)
The shared rural network will eliminate the partial notspots across huge swathes of the country, particularly in Yorkshire and the Humber; it will take the region from 95% to 99% coverage from at least one operator, and from 81% to 90% coverage from all four operators. I know how hard my hon. Friend has been working on this issue, and I look forward to working with him to continue that progress.
Andrew added the following on Facebook after his question, "As I mention in my question, I do sound a bit like a broken record on this, as I continue to push for improvements to mobile coverage locally. In fact, I recently had meetings with 02 and North Lincs Council, to discuss trying to secure a site for their new mast in Broughton. O2 are 100% committed to the mast; however, they had difficulties in agreeing a location. This mast will bring benefits to both 02 and Vodafone customers due to their site sharing agreement. I should have update on this shortly, so will be sure to keep residents posted."