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South Gloucestershire Council turns off A-road lights

South Gloucestershire Council is to expand its part night lighting scheme to A roads in the district to save money.

The switch off will save the council £31,500 a year but will initially cost £20,360 to turn off the lights.

From the start of May, lights will be turned off between midnight and 05:00 BST along sections of the A38, A432, A420 and A431.

Junctions and their approaches will continue to be lit overnight.

The decision to extend the scheme was made with a cross-party agreement.

Councillor James Hunt (Conservative) who is responsible for communities, said: "There are four roads in total and it is worth remembering these are on straight areas of the roads, so any dangerous bends, or junctions will be left on."

The A-road switch off was rolled out after a trial run on the A4174 between Brislington and Hengrove.

Plans for part night lighting in South Gloucestershire were first approved in 2008.

The council hopes to make an overall saving of £250,000 a year from the scheme.

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