Street light scheme reaches final phase

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

The local authority is entering the last few months of a three-year project to replace all of Northumberland’s street lights, including 16,000 columns that are reaching the end of their life.

The more efficient LED lights being installed will produce energy savings of about 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.

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 that has presented a number of technical challenges, which our teams have been working tirelessly to overcome to complete all of the works.

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