MORE homes in the Test Valley are on target to receive superfast broadband within the next couple of months.

Areas that will benefit are at Lockerley, Cadnam, West Wellow and Romsey itself.

It follows the Government’s decision to give local authorities more cash for broadband projects and Hampshire County Council has been given nearly £8m  to roll out the high-tech internet connections to homes across the area.

The authority is working with BT to extend superfast broadband coverage to around 8,000 homes and businesses between April and June.

Hampshire’s leader Roy Perry added: “Central Government has made £7.69m of match-funding money available to Hampshire to extend the availability of superfast broadband, and this news is very welcome.

“We are making good progress with our work to make superfast broadband speeds available to 90 per cent of homes and businesses in Hampshire by 2015. Hampshire County Council, together with district and borough partners have invested £5million into the overall £13.8m project.”

He added: “This is bringing internet services to people in the country’s rural communities who would otherwise be left with limited access, or none at all, because the commercial market will not reach them.

“We are now looking at the best way we can get maximum value for money in the way these funds are used in order to meet our objectives and those of Government.”