Street lights on M65 motorway switched off overnight

Street lights on the M65 motorway between Burnley and Colne are to be switched off overnight from Thursday.

The lights between junctions 10 and 14 will be off between midnight and 05:00 BST, when the motorway is least busy.

The move is part of Lancashire County Council's plans to save money.

It follows the Highways Agency's decision to switch off lights on the rest of the motorway, which runs from Colne to Bamber Bridge.

Mike Kirby, director of Transport and Strategic Highways, said: "We're always looking for different ways to reduce the amount of energy we use and save taxpayers' money.

"We feel that switching off the street lights between midnight and 5am will enable us to do this without compromising safety.

"We will review the decision to switch off the lights in 12 months."

The proposal will save approximately £9,700 in a 12-month period, which will contribute towards a council savings target of £500,000 from street lighting energy reduction in 2011/12.

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