Three-year street light replacement scheme starts soon

A TfB engineer examines one of Buckinghamshire's 29,000 streetlights
A TfB engineer examines one of Buckinghamshire's 29,000 streetlights

A programme to replace street lights on main roads across Bucks is set to begin this autumn.

In June, the Bucks County Council Business Investment Group (BIG) approved a three-year strategy to replace existing street lights with LED lights.

Over the next three years, almost 7,500 street lights will be replaced, mainly on A and B roads.

The county council says LED (light-emitting diode) technology has many advantages over traditional street lights, including reduced energy costs, lower carbon emissions, reduced maintenance costs and a clearer, brighter white light compared with the yellow glow of traditional street lights .

LED lighting provides an average 50 to 60 per cent reduction in annual energy consumption when compared to traditional lighting and has a life of 20 years as against three to six years for a traditional lamp, greatly reducing maintenance costs.

The existing lamp posts will remain in place and the project just involves changing the lantern.

The replacement programme will be financed in part by an interest-free loan from SALIX, an independent company funded by the Department for Energy and Climate Change.

It is anticipated that 1,100 lights will have been replaced by the end of this year, and a further 1,550 by the end of March next year.

The initial three-year programme is for county council-owned street lights on the main strategic road network, generally outside main residential areas.

There is no plan at present to extend this to parish-owned street lights.

Winslow Town Council is already ahead of the game, having begun a five-year replacement programme of Winslow’s street lights in 2011.

The town council has seen a six per cent saving on its electricity bill.