Over the next five years every one of Northamptonshire’s
65,000 street lights will be removed, replaced and/or upgraded.
Northamptonshire County Council in partnership with
Balfour Beatty will carry
out the work which will reduce the county's carbon emissions,
save on energy costs and create a safer and more pleasant environment for everyone.
will involve installing new street lights and removing the old ones once
they are up and running. The new lights will use the latest technology to
deliver more effective white light to improve night time vision and colour recognition.
In a bid to reduce energy consumption all the county's traffic bollards will gradually
be replaced with solar powered bollards lit with LED’s and in the early hours of the morning residential
street lights will be dimmed. Also the lights will switch on slightly later
and switch off a little earlier.
Some of the benefits of the PFI include:
A saving of over 17.5 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity per year
A reduction in carbon emissions of 9.5 thousand tonnes per year (which
is about 64%)
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The Private Finance Initiative (PFI) will allow Northamptonshire County Council to carry out vital improvements and maintenance to street lighting and will introduce state of the art technology for early detection of defective lighting.
Norman Baker, Local and Regional Transport Minister, said
"Good street lighting is vitally important to reducing road accidents, crime and the fear of crime. We will continue to invest in transport infrastructure that improves safety and provides reassurance to local communities."
Ian Tyler, Chief Executive, Balfour Beatty, said
"We look forward to a long-term partnership with Northamptonshire County Council to transform
the County's street lighting. We will create local employment opportunities
and develop infrastructure within the area
to enable us to deliver the contract."