A £25million project to replace street lights across Northumberland is set to begin next month.
Northumberland County Council has appointed Galliford Try Infrastructure to carry out the three-year programme, which will see eco-friendly LED lantern lights fitted to all 46,000 street lighting columns in the county and 17,000 columns replaced.
The new lights are expected to reduce light pollution, slash energy and maintenance costs, and cut carbon emissions. The council has secured ‘Invest to Save’ funding and will repay the bill over 25 years from anticipated budget savings.
Policy Board Member for Streetcare Ian Swithenbank said: “I’m very pleased that work will soon begin on this huge modernisation project, which will have such clear benefits for residents.
“We expect to make savings of more than 50 per cent in both the energy and maintenance costs as the new LED lights use around half the energy of the current street lights, and with the new technology lasting longer, there will only be minimal maintenance required.”
Work will start in Ashington and a programme for the project will be published on the council’s website.