Virgin Media aims to connect three million London homes and businesses by 2018

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Westminster and Barnet in north London will benefit from the rollout

Virgin Media has set out ambitious plans to connect more than three million homes and businesses in London to its services by the end of 2018.

The company already has more than 2.6 million premises in the capital using its range of broadband, fixed line and TV services. It is planning to connect 350,000 additional homes and businesses throughout London to its fibre optic network, which has speeds of up to 300Mbps, to achieve its goal by 2018.

Virgin Media’s latest expansion will cover 6,000 buildings in Westminster and more than 40,000 homes and businesses in Barnet, north London. Other targeted areas include Greenford, Southall, Hammersmith & Fulham, Twickenham, St John’s Wood, Bexley and Croydon.

It is part of the broadband provider’s £3 billion Project Lightning expansion project, which has been backed by former Conservative party leader and Prime Minister David Cameron. Former minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries minister Ed Vaizey is also a supporter.

The investment is dedicated to connecting 17 million UK homes and businesses to Virgin’s superfast broadband products by 2020. Towns and cities in Surrey, Oxfordshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and Worcestershire will also be connected under the project over the next year.

Westminster City Council councillor Philippa Roe said: “I am delighted that Virgin Media is undertaking work to roll-out superfast fibre broadband to 6,000 additional premises in Westminster.

“Our ambition as a council is to see every business and resident in the borough connected to superfast and reliable fibre broadband, and this is a hugely promising step towards achieving that goal.”

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