Streetlight works to be finished by summer

Northumberland County Council's scheme to replace more than 40,000 streetlights across the county will be completed by next summer.

Friday, 5th January 2018, 08:53 am
The installation of new street lights in Berwick has proved complicated.

The authority is entering the last few months of a three-year project to install more efficient LED lights and replace 16,000 columns which are reaching the end of their life.

The ambitious scheme will ultimately produce overall energy savings of around 64 per cent, the equivalent of around £1.3million a year.

To date, the scheme has seen around 32,000 new units installed, with a detailed programme for the rest of the works taking the project to completion for next summer.

In October, it was announced the project had temporarily come to a halt after Galliford Try’s main sub-contractor for electrical and civil engineering works went into administration. It was later revealed that AA Lighting will be working with Galliford Try to deliver the remaining works.

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Coun Glen Sanderson, cabinet member for environment and local services, said: “These lights have made a great improvement in many areas, improving both driver and pedestrian safety, as well as delivering good levels of energy savings.

“This has been an extremely ambitious project which has presented a number of technical challenges, which our teams have been working tirelessly to overcome to complete all works.

“We appreciate people’s patience and support during the project so far and we are working closely with our contractor to ensure that the remaining works are carried out swiftly, with minimal disruption to the residents of Northumberland.”

For further information about the project, go to http://bit.ly/lightingplan