YORK city centre's wifi service has been extended to cover the famous high street, Bishopthorpe Road.

City of York Council said CityConnectWiFi was available 24/7, 365 days of the year, and completely free to use, and its expansion came at no cost to the authority and helped to further develop York as a digital city.

It said 'Bishy Road' won the High Street of the Year award in 2015 and was renowned for its independent shops, restaurants and businesses.

Cllr Peter Dew, executive member with responsibility for digital infrastructure, said: “It’s such brilliant news that York’s city centre WiFi has now expanded to reach Bishopthorpe Road. Access to the network will really benefit such a key part of the city with a rich history of entrepreneurship and a hub for city visitors. Bishy Road is already a popular place for visitors and residents and our free WiFi will only add to the experience.”

The developments have also been praised by the Chair of Bishopthorpe Road Traders’ Association and local businessman, Pete Kilbane, who said:“Bringing CityConnectWiFi beyond the city walls to Bishy Road is a brilliant development. It means that people in the street can access the internet completely free of charge.

"That’s great news for residents, visitors, shoppers, workers and traders. It’s connectivity that brings people together, and when people get together good things can happen. We’re really pleased that it is up and running and everyone can be logged on in time for our big street party on Sunday June 17.