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Fibre broadband will be deployed alongside the proposed High Speed Two (HS2) railway line, it has been reported.

Speaking to the Guardian, Minister of State for Transport, Simon Burns MP claimed the scheme is "far more" than just a railway infrastructure project.

He said the £33 billion initiative will be designed to bring places and people closer together, while creating jobs and driving growth.

"Construction of HS2 gives us the perfect opportunity to explore how we can make it easier for even more people to benefit from ultra-fast broadband," Mr Burns stated.

The scheme also gives the government an opportunity to deliver improvements to the provision of other utility services, he stated.

Under current government plans, 90 per cent of the UK population should have access to super-fast broadband by 2015.

However, the remaining ten per cent is distributed over a vast geographical area, making it a costly and logistically complex exercise to deliver universal coverage.

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