THOUSANDS of households and businesses are set to to get "faster, more reliable" broadband in a major upgrade.

Openreach has announced full fibre broadband is heading to the city of Bradford and nearby Haworth.

According to Openreach, around 28,500 people living and working in those locations will benefit.

The work is part of Openreach's £15billion project to upgrade the UK's broadband infrastructure.

Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, leader of Bradford Council, said: "It's fantastic news that even more homes and businesses across Bradford are set to benefit from faster, more reliable broadband.

"Good connectivity is vital to our modern lives and undoubtedly opens up a whole host of benefits and opportunities for both work and leisure purposes. 

"This is a significant local investment in both our urban and rural communities so I would urge anyone who has fibre broadband available in their community to talk to their supplier and take full advantage of the fastest speeds."

Matthew Lovegrove, Openreach partnership manager for Yorkshire and the Humber, added: "This is a huge infrastructure success story.

"It's also worth noting that upgrades aren't automatic. Once full fibre is available where you live, you'll need to place an order to get connected and we'll do the rest."