Alston Moor Community Website

Welcome to the community website for residents of Alston Moor – here you will find the latest local news, a guide to what’s on locally, social media feeds, a photo gallery and links to other related websites for Alston Moor.

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In 2010 the Cybermoor team completed the first phase of the fibre optic network linking the town of Alston with the village of Nenthead and provides Next Generation Access (NGA*) to the primary school. Subsequent phases have connected the centre of Alston and South Tyne Valley in Northumberland.

A key aim of the first phase was to establish the cost of using members of the local community as contractors to install the fibre, and in doing so we found that costs could be reduced by up to 75% of the prices charged by large operators.

The second phase connected properties in Alston:

  • 300 homes were able to get a service.
  • We used Corning fascia mounted cables to keep the installation costs down and minimise disruption (DOWNLOAD CASE STUDY).
  • The old toilet block outside the Town Hall was converted into a Point of Presence which hosts active equipment.
  • The active equipment is supplied by Calix, who also supply many rural fibre projects in the USA.

 The third phase connected properties along the South Tyne Valley between Slaggyford and Haltwhistle:

  • 25km of fibre was laid along the trackbed of the South Tyne Valley
  • Initial network design was carried out by Rala who supplied ducts and cabinets
  • Local contractors carried out the civils work on the project
  • The network connects to Vodafone's fibre in Haltwhistle and also links with a pilot project with Network Rail Telecom