Thousands of street lights replaced

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Work to upgrade thousands of street lights in the county is well under way.

Balfour Beatty started replacing the county’s 65,000 street lights in 2011 under a Private Finance Initiative (PFI), with the work scheduled to take five years. The new lights use the latest technology to give more effective white light which improves night-time vision.

A Northamptonshire County Council spokesman said: “The street lighting PFI scheme started in October 2011 and will see the county council’s lighting stock replaced within five years, with contractor Balfour Beatty taking over the responsibility of the authority’s street lighting.

“Under the scheme the new street lights will use 40 per cent less energy on a like-for-like basis when compared with the existing stock and will also offer a uniform, white light rather than the patchy orange glow of traditional lights.

“The replacement programme consists of 10 phases with each phase lasting for six months.

“So far about 9,500 lighting units have been upgraded or replaced across the county since the programme began. The replacement programme consists of 10 phases with each phase lasting for six months.”

Once the £132m work is completed, it is hoped the county will be left with 50,000 working street lights.

Currently, lights in Thrush Lane, Shear Water, King Street, Queen Street and Fulmar Lane in Wellingborough are being replaced.