Wiltshire

Swindon switches street lights back on to boost safety

Dozens of street lights in Swindon that were switched off to save money are being turned back on to boost safety.

Council officials say energy-saving plans on 11 streets were revised as the roads were considered too dark.

The streets include Marlborough Road and Merlin Way.

Peter Greenhalgh, Swindon council's cabinet member for transport, said the changes have been made for pedestrian and cyclist safety.

He added: "We turned off the street lights and our officers reviewed what happened after the changes had been made and in some cases it has been tweaked."

Of 433 lights that were switched off in July, 44 have been turned back on.

The Conservative-led authority had said the switch-off would save more than £20,000 a year on electricity bills.

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