Tyne & Wear

Northumberland street lights replaced in £25m LED scheme

Streetlight in Ashington Image copyright Google
Image caption The council intends to replace all 29,000 lights and 17,000 lamp posts by 2018

All street lights in Northumberland are to be modernised in a £25m scheme.

The project to replace 29,000 lights and 17,000 lamp posts is expected to take three years.

Light emitting diode (LED) technology would reduce energy consumption by more than 60% and save £300,000 a year, Northumberland County Council said.

Policy board member for street care and environment Ian Swithenbank said it was one of the council's most ambitious projects.

"Like many local authorities we have seen a big increase in street lighting energy costs and many of our lamps are relatively old and inefficient," he said.

"This scheme will give us state-of-the-art lighting. With new, longer-lasting technology there will be minimal maintenance required."

The new units would reduce light pollution and deter criminals by improving night-time CCTV images, the council said.

The cost of the scheme would be recouped over 25 years, it added.

The project, carried out by contractors Galliford Try, is starting in Ashington before being rolled out across the county.

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