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Sunday, 28 May 2017

Cheshire East continues to deliver £5m boost to street lighting


Cheshire East Council is set to deliver the latest part of £5m of improvements to street lighting across the borough.

Following the successful upgrade of 21,000 street lights in Cheshire East over the past two years, a further £5m is to be invested to convert street lighting to LED this year.

Main traffic routes have already been upgraded, as well as street lighting in some residential areas throughout the borough.

The next phase of the programme begins in June and will focus on residential roads in the Crewe and Nantwich area. It is anticipated the programme should be completed by the end of October 2017.

Information signs will be placed in advance of the works and we ask residents to assist, where possible, by finding alternative parking. 

The new street lighting produces a ‘white light’, which improves visibility and colour recognition to help promote and maintain safety for residents and road users. LED street lighting is also designed to direct light downwards on to the road, reducing light pollution into properties.

Installation of this technology across Cheshire East is reducing the council’s carbon footprint and will deliver annual savings on street lighting energy consumption in excess of 40 per cent for the council and Cheshire East residents.

LEDs are more reliable than the existing street lighting and have an estimated service life in excess of 20 years. The improved reliability will result in fewer faults and therefore less disruption to the network from additional repairs by engineers. 

Councillor David Brown, deputy leader of Cheshire East Council and cabinet member for highways and infrastructure, said: “These latest street lighting LED upgrades form part of our ongoing work to invest and improve Cheshire East’s road network.

“These new lights are more energy efficient and they also help make people in our communities feel safer.”

More information on the street lighting LED programme can be found on Cheshire East Council’s website at: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/highways

The council’s highways team can also be contacted on: 0300 123 5020.

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