Work started yesterday (Monday 12 January) to install new low-energy street lighting along Herefordshire’s roads.
The £5.5 million green project starts in Whitecross, Hereford and will be rolled out across the whole county over the coming months.
Herefordshire Council’s public realm contractor, Balfour Beatty Living Places (BBLP), is replacing all 9,000 street lights with LEDs.
LEDs are expected to save the council £13.3 million over the next 20 years.
Cllr Philip Price, Herefordshire Council’s cabinet member infrastructure, said: “This is our largest-ever carbon reduction project.”
He added: “Not only is it good for the environment, but it will bring us substantial savings through lower energy costs and maintenance bills and will reduce light pollution, too.”
The final, and largest, phase of LED street lighting is expected to take a year to complete. This includes replacing about a quarter of all lampposts.
A third of Herefordshire’s street lights have already been replaced at a cost of £1.5 million.
BBLPs principal lighting engineer, Mark Tidswell, said: “Upon completion, the energy consumption of street lighting in Herefordshire will be vastly reduced, as will the ongoing future maintenance burden.
“As well as the work on site, much will be going on behind the scenes updating the council’s systems and inventories to ensure the financial savings are realised as early as possible”.
The new LEDs will be dimmed to save money and reduce light pollution. Approximate times are:
- Dusk to 10pm (100% of full power)
- 10pm to midnight (80% of full power)
- Midnight to 5.30am (50% of full power)
- 5.30am to dawn (100% of full power)