Streetlights across Northamptonshire to be upgraded to the latest LED technology from next week

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The current lights will be upgraded over the next two-and-a-half years

Works to upgrade more than 44,000 streetlights to the latest energy-efficient technology will start across Northamptonshire next week.

Both North and West Northamptonshire Councils have declared a climate emergency and the authorities say they are taking steps to reduce energy consumption.

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Over the next two-and-a-half years, Balfour Beatty Living Places will upgrade the current lights to LED, a move that will reduce CO2 emissions in the county by an estimated 1,091 tonnes of CO2 a year.

Streetlights across Northamptonshire are set to be upgradedStreetlights across Northamptonshire are set to be upgraded
Streetlights across Northamptonshire are set to be upgraded

The new LED lights should also bring a range of additional benefits, including white light, which is linked to improving community safety, a reduction in light pollution and greater energy efficiency.

The lights will be replaced as part of regular maintenance rounds carried out by Balfour Beatty.

Cllr Matthew Binley, North Northamptonshire executive member for highways, travel and assets, said: “I’m delighted to see the commencement of the LED lantern installation as part of the countywide street lighting improvement contract.

"This is another step towards our Net Zero pledge.

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“We need to make the future of North Northants sustainable, not just environmentally but economically and socially too.”

Cllr Phil Larratt, cabinet member for environment, transport, highways and waste at West Northamptonshire Council, said: “We are committed to investing to save in order to provide better value for money and an improved service for our residents.

"LED lighting is far more energy efficient and therefore more sustainable.

"It is welcoming that the white light that LED lighting provides maintains and improves the lighting of our highways, ensuring our communities are safe.

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"This is also a step forward in meeting our commitment becoming net zero by 2030.”

Balfour Beatty took over responsibility for streetlights in Northamptonshire in 2011 under a 25-year PFI deal with the former county council.

The streetlighting stock was initially replaced by standard lamps as LED was an emerging technology with relatively high unit prices and unproven life span.

Kym Seekings, contract manager for Balfour Beatty Living Places, said: “At Balfour Beatty, we’re committed to supporting our customers to achieve their Net Zero ambitions by providing the latest innovative solutions.

“We are working closely with both North and West Northamptonshire Councils to deliver new LED streetlights that will improve energy efficiency and make local communities safer.”